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Baku National Stadium

Baku, Azerbaijan

In memory of

Lee Kuan Yew


ARCHITECTURE Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment Design;

Reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl reopens; Technology upgrade at

Melbourne Cricket Club; ‘Fans first’ design for New Perth Stadium and

Castelão Stadium reconstruction project by Mapei INTERIOR KU DÉ TA

Bangkok LANDSCAPING Playground projects by Playpoint (Singapore)

Pte Ltd; International Play Company & Dynamo Industries; Interview with

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Architecture – Interview

46 Lee Kuan Yew: The Chance

Of A Lifetime – Chairman

of the Centre for Liveable

Cities, Dr Liu Thai Ker,

spoke with Mr Lee on 31

August 2012. Looking

back, Mr Lee called the

opportunity to redevelop

the entire city the “chance

of a lifetime.”

Architecture – Sports Venues

– Projects

50 Baku National Stadium in


54 Margaret Court Arena

Redevelopment Design

58 Castelão Stadium uses

Mapei products

60 New Perth Stadium

62 Reconstructed Orlando

Citrus Bowl reopens

64 Melbourne Cricket Club

upgrades technology

Architecture – Sports Venues

– Applications

66 Daplast

67 Boen Sport

68 Ephesus Lighting

Landscaping – Playground

Equipment (Dry)

74 Dulwich College (Singapore)

– A project by Playpoint

(Singapore) Pte Ltd

76 Cool De Sac in Singapore

– A project by International

Play Company

78 An Interview with Matt

Miller, CEO of Playworld


82 The Orange Monster in

Arizona – A project by

Dynamo Industries

Architecture – Application


84 American Ash brings

warmth to the new GEM

Convention Center in Ho

Chi Minh City in Vietnam

86 The Moulins railway station

in France uses highperformance

stainless steel

wire mesh from Jakob AG

88 NS BlueScope Lysaght

Singapore – Shaping

Singapore’s Cityscape for

the past 50 years

90 Ezarri designs mosaic for

Porto Montenegro in Europe


8 News from Asia Pacific,

Middle East & the World

Events Calendar

44 Guide to international trade

shows, expos & fairs

Product Showcase

94 Acoustics & Sound Insulation

96 Landscaping & Outdoor Living

98 Partition Walls & Ceilings

100 Tiles & Natural Stones

102 Mixed Category

104 New on the Market

Interior – Entertainment

Outlets – Projects

70 KU DÉ TA Bangkok –

Uniquely conceptualised,

energetically designed,

and meticulously crafted

Show Preview

92 Guangzhou International

Lighting Exhibition (GILE)


Baku National Stadium

Baku, Azerbaijan

ARCHITECTURE Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment Design;

Reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl reopens; Technology upgrade at

Melbourne Cricket Club; ‘Fans first’ design for New Perth Stadium and

Castelão Stadium reconstruction project by Mapei INTERIOR KU DÉ TA

Bangkok LANDSCAPING Playground projects by Playpoint (Singapore)

Pte Ltd; International Play Company & Dynamo Industries; Interview with

Matt Miller, CEO of Playworld Systems SHOW PREVIEW GILE 2015

Interior – Entertainment

Outlets – Applications

72 BEL Lighting

On the Cover: Baku National Stadium in

Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Courtesy of Tekfen


Cover design by Fawzeeah Yamin

4 Southeast Asia Building MAY-JUNE 2015

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Space planning is always a key point that designers and users focus on. To better

serve user’s expectation and the market trend, GCC launches “Heavy Duty

Sliding And Stacking Wall System” and “Sliding And Folding Wall System”.

There are two major features of these two creative systems. First of all, it does

not require to drill through glass and no need to use AB glue on glass. These two

features offer more convenient operability to users and significantly cut down the

installation time. Moreover, it does not require floor guide anymore, and it keeps

the floor flawlessly from washing and dust and maintains simple and neat

partition system. In addition, GCC offers anti-UV PVC seal, weather resisted

rubber seal and weather brush to keep mosquitoes and insects away. All these

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editor's note

Hello readers of Southeast Asia Building and

welcome to the May/June issue. This issue

looks at the design of sports venues around

the world. Sports architecture has undergone

profound changes over the years to include various

aspects such as aesthetics, reduced energy use and

environmental sustainability. We showcase some of

these features in the projects that we have put together. Enjoy the read with

plenty of colourful photos!

In the interior design section, we bring you a feature on KU DÉ TA

Bangkok. Opened in 2013, KU DÉ TA Bangkok houses two world class dining

rooms, an electrifying nightclub and two unique themed bar.

In the Landscaping section, we have an interview with Matt Miller, CEO

of Playworld Systems who shares with us trends in playground equipment

design and the challenges ahead for the company. We have also lined up

some exciting playground projects by Playpoint, International Play Company

and Dynamo Industries.

Finally, as a tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime

Minister, we have reproduced an interview between Mr Lee and Chairman of

the Centre for Liveable Cities, Dr Liu Thai Ker who spoke with Mr Lee on 31

August 2012.

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StoSilent offers a unique range of aesthetically appealing acoustic solutions: four systems for walls and ceilings that create the suitable

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Asia Pacific & Middle East

Third project from ONYX Hospitality Group breaks ground in Sri Lanka introducing

Amari Galle

Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality

Group marked a key development in the expansion

of its Amari brand with a ‘ground breaking’ ceremony

to mark the start of construction of the third ONYX

project in Sri Lanka; Amari Galle.

The hospitality group’s savvy hotel brand OZO,

has already made an indelible footprint in Sri Lanka’s

hospitality landscape, with OZO Colombo which

opened in June 2014 and OZO Kandy which is due to

open in May this year.

Owned by Sino Lanka Hotels Galle (PVT) LTD., and

headed by Mr Bob Kundanmal, Amari Galle will be

managed by ONYX Hospitality Group under its fullservice

Amari brand. The 172-room hotel is located on

Galle Road, approximately 2.5 kilometres north of the

Galle Fort. The hotel’s facilities will include a swimming

pool, gym, Breeze Spa, banqueting facilities and two


Proud of its Asian roots, Amari creates memorable

experiences that embody the spirit of local culture as

well as enhancing the renowned traditions of Asian

hospitality. Every Amari property shares the flavours

and texture of its setting, so whether travelling for

business or pleasure, guests will discover contemporary

spaces where they can relax and enjoy the gift of


Commenting on the proceedings, Peter Henley,

President and CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group said: “We

are thrilled to be breaking ground on our third project in

Sri Lanka. Tourism is thriving and we think a full service

hotel product like Amari will be very well received in

the market. The brand aims to provide guests with

culturally enriched and memorable shared experiences,

and with the array of historical sites and the warmth

of Sri Lankan hospitality, Galle is an obvious location

for our next Amari property.”

From left to right: Mr Peter Henley, President and CEO, ONYX Hospitality Group;

Mr Manu Bhojwani Director, Sino Lanka Hotels Holdings (Pvt) Ltd; Mr Rajan

Bharvani, Director, Sino Lanka Hotels Holdings (Pvt) Ltd; Mr Stefan Furkhan,

Director, Sino Lanka Hotels Holdings (Pvt) Ltd; Hon. Naveen Dissanayake,

Minister for Sports & Tourism, Mr Bob Kundanmal, Chairman, Sino Lanka

Hotels Holdings (Pvt) Ltd; Hon. Dr Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Governor of

the Southern Province; and His Worship Methsiri De Silva, Mayor of Galle, Sri


Perspective of exterior of Amari Galle in Sri Lanka.

2015 LIAS Awards of Excellence - Call For Submissions

Singapore – Organised by the Landscape Industry Association (Singapore) [LIAS], the

LIAS Awards of Excellence is part of the association’s efforts to recognise and commend

outstanding landscaping works in Singapore, raising the standards and professionalism

of the contractors, designers and workers in the landscaping industry.

LIAS Awards 2015 is in its 6th edition. This is a competition conceived to set

benchmarks on the quality and excellence of work expected of landscape and related

practitioners in Singapore. Through this competition, LIAS aims to generate awareness

and recognition of outstanding projects and the works of landscape contractors,

designers and other related practitioners in both interior and exterior landscapes.

This prestigious Awards Competition is open to all landscape designers,

practitioners, contractors and owners in the landscaping and horticultural industry. An

Awards Ceremony & Exhibition will be held in the last quarter of 2015 to commemorate

the winners. More information for the registration will be disseminated in April.

If you would like to be informed of the submission details, please contact LIAS secretariat at secretariat@lias.org.sg.

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Asia Pacific & Middle East

Ascott expands global network with its first foray into fast-growing Istanbul

Singapore – CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The

Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured a contract to manage its first serviced residence

in Turkey, Somerset Maslak Istanbul. Ascott’s entry into Turkey will expand the

footprint of the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator

to 90 cities across 25 countries.

Slated to open in 2016, the 159-unit Somerset Maslak Istanbul has a prime

location in one of Istanbul’s main business and leisure districts. It will be part

of an integrated development, Maslak 1453, which comprises a 1,453-metre

long shopping promenade and 24 towers of commercial, residential, dining and

recreational facilities. Ascott, which pioneered luxury branded serviced residence

with the opening of its first property in Singapore in 1984, has been awarded the

management contract for Somerset Maslak Istanbul by real estate company Maslak

Konaklama, an affiliate of the Saudi-based Abduljawad Group of Companies.

Mr Lee Chee Koon, Ascott’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Turkey is an attractive

market for foreign investors and we see significant growth opportunities for

international branded serviced residences. The country is amongst the world’s

top 20 largest economies. It has a strategic location at the crossroads of Europe,

Middle East and Asia, a large domestic market and stable policy environment.

As the financial hub of the country, Istanbul is a natural choice for multinational

corporations setting up headquarters in Turkey. Tourism is also a significant

contributor to the country’s GDP. Visitor numbers have been seeing double-digit

growth in the past three years and tourism revenue has been increasing steadily.”

Photo: © The Ascott Limited

DEWA lights Alathba Primary School playgrounds and entrance with solar power

Dubai, UAE – Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has installed state-of-the-art solar-powered street-lighting and energyefficient

floodlights for Alathba Primary School for Girls in Dubai. The move supports DEWA’s sustainable development strategy and

its efforts to implement the rational use of energy and water, spread awareness on saving the environment, and conserve resources

for generations to come.

The lights were installed at the entrance and playgrounds of the school, located in Al Khawaneej, Dubai. The school lacked

sufficient outdoor lighting, which limited outdoor sporting events and other activities and programmes in the school’s playground

and nearby yards after sunset.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and HE Dr Ahmed Eid Al

Mansouri, Director of Dubai Educational Zone. It was also attended by Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and

Business Development, Dr. Yousef Ibrahim Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Human Resources,

Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at DEWA, a number of directors from DEWA and

Dubai Educational Zone, DEWA and Alathba School staff, and students from Lootah Technical Centre.

“To achieve the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al

Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to reduce

energy demand by 30 percent by 2030 and diversify the energy

mix in the Emirate to include 15 percent from solar power, DEWA

works to protect the environment and save our resources. We

do this by keeping up with the global environmental changes

and developments to achieve environmental targets. We made

sure we used environmentally-friendly lights in the school,

some of which use renewable energy. This supports DEWA’s

efforts in energy management and the optimal use of our

resources,” said Al Tayer.

DEWA sent a specialist team to review the school’s

playgrounds and entrance and install the necessary lighting.

This is part of DEWA’s commitment to all segments of society,

including citizens, residents, and visitors. The team assessed

the premises and installed state-of-the-art LED floodlights

and solar-powered street lights for the school’s main entrance

and playgrounds.

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Photography: ©Technal Architect: Akimedia

TECHNAL & Akimedia in Malaysia

The University College of Technology Sarawak in Sibu has been designed

to be a flagship eco-friendly building of Malaysia. A first in the area!

Over several thousand square meters of GEODE facade and 104 SUNEAL

moveable and photovoltaic louvres have been selected to achieve the

thermal insulation performance levels required by the GBI environmental

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Asia Pacific & Middle East

Atkins to design landmark supertall development in China

Hong Kong – Atkins has been awarded

a contract to design the centrepiece

development for a new expansion

project in Changsha, in the province of

Hunan in China.

Changsha Northstar Real Estate

Development Company will be

developing the Northstar Delta site

to create a new landmark - Northstar

Changsha Centre - on behalf of the

government for the city of Changsha,

and has appointed Atkins to provide

architecture design services for this


The Centre will integrate residential,

cultural, retail and commercial space

of the riverside area to create a central

public space for activities. This will

include a supertall 400 metre landmark

office tower, regional convention

centre, department stores, a five-star

hotel and serviced apartments. The

project will cover a floor area of 406,000

square metres.

Ian Milne, Atkins’ senior design

director, said: “Our design ambition

is to create a spectacular centrepiece

to this important new urban quarter.

Connectivity is a major concept in our

design and we want to connect not

only places, but people. The civic plaza

will be located between the proposed

iconic landmark tower and convention

centre and will be an ideal meeting point

due to its convenient location, plus the

wide range of cultural and recreational

activities that can be staged there.”

Based on existing road planning, the

development has been designed to be

very pedestrian friendly, and a major

civic plaza will connect the buildings

with a network of elevated walkways.

Vertical recesses running up the sides

of the towers will make them look more

slender and the tops of the towers are

‘stepped’ to add differentiation to the

overall shape, ensuring the towers will

create a dramatic and unified group

on the city’s skyline. Sustainability is

another focus for the project, and the

convention centre in particular will

set new standards in passive energy

efficiency due to its careful orientation

and sophisticated roof design. Rows of

large skylights orientated to the north

will bring diffused light into the halls

and foyers below, utilising natural light


Curtin University awarded Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating

Sydney, Australia – Curtin University has been awarded

Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating from the

Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Western Australia’s

largest university received the rating for its Master Plan, which

will see its Bentley Campus developed into a ‘city of innovation’.

Green Star – Communities is one of the world’s first

independent, transparent, national schemes designed to assess

and certify the sustainability of large-scale master planned

development projects. According to the GBCA’s Chief Executive

Officer, Romilly Madew, the Curtin University Master Plan was

assessed against best practice benchmarks for governance and

innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability,

economic prosperity and liveability. “A 5 Star Green Star

rating signifies ‘Australian Excellence’, sets new sustainability

benchmarks for Australia’s universities, and provides Curtin

University with independent proof that its vision will deliver

environmental, economic and social sustainability,” said

Ms Madew. “We applaud the leadership demonstrated by

Curtin University, and also acknowledge the hard work and

commitment of the project team responsible for delivering this

outstanding result,” added Ms Madew.

James Rosenwax, AECOM Managing Director, Design,

Planning + Economics, said: “The Curtin University Master

Plan’s 5 Star Green Star Communities certification is a

ringing endorsement of Curtin University’s commitment

to sustainability; AECOM is proud to have been a part of

what is an Australian first. As the master planner consultant

Photo: © Curtin University

for the Curtin University Master Plan, AECOM worked with

the University to embed sustainability through the design

development, then work with the University on documenting

and confirm its sustainability commitments within the Green

Star – Communities rating tool.” The Curtin Master Plan will see

114 hectares of the University’s Bentley Campus transformed

through urban regeneration over a 20-year period. It supports

an urban economy based on education, business, technology,

housing, public transport, the arts and recreation. Stage 1 of

the Master Plan is underway. As part of Stage 1, Wesfarmers

Court – a dynamic economic and innovative hub – was opened

in December last year and was supported by listed company


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Asia Pacific & Middle East

The University of Sydney expands

Sydney, Australia – Minister for Planning Pru Goward has approved

of The University of Sydney’s concept proposal to cater for significant

future growth at the Camperdown and Darlington campuses.

The Campus Improvement Program will generate almost

$1.4 billion in investment, with up to 15,000 jobs created during

construction, and an extra 400 full-time employees once the

expansion is complete.

The concept plans include new education facilities to cater

for around 10,000 extra students, and provision of extra campus

accommodation for around 4,000 students. “The University of Sydney

is part of our $15 billion education sector, and is world renowned

for its quality education standards,” said Ms Goward.

Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of

Sydney commented: “Our students, staff and the local community

value our Camperdown Darlington campus as a place where excellent

teaching and research is conducted through collaboration. This plan

maintains our heritage by ensuring legacy buildings are protected

The Main Quadrangle which is part of the Camperdown/Darlington

campus. Photo: © The University of Sydney

and preserved, significantly increases affordable housing places for students and addresses environmental sustainability through

building height restrictions and a campus greening project.”

While only 21 percent of journeys to and from the campuses are by private vehicles, the proposal includes measures to improve

access and parking at the university, with modern, underground parking envisaged for many of the new buildings, as well as

designated drop-off and pick-up points that can be used by private vehicles, as well as taxis and buses.

“The plans also include establishing pedestrian and cycling networks across the campuses, as more than a quarter of its students

and staff either walk or ride their bike to the university,” said Ms Goward.

The Campus Improvement Program is also in line with the NSW Government’s recently released A Plan for Growing Sydney.

“The approval means the university can play a major role in providing the world-class education facilities that are essential to the

competitive Sydney of the future that our metropolitan growth plan envisages,” said Ms Goward.

BCA pushes for energy efficient building technologies through $20 million GBIC-

Demo scheme

Singapore – The Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

has released details of the $20 million scheme, called the

GBIC-Building Energy Efficient Demonstrations Scheme (GBIC-

Demo), to spearhead the test-bedding of new energy-efficient

technologies in fully operational buildings. GBIC-Demo

scheme is one of the three key initiatives (refer to Annex A)

under the $52 million (Green Buildings Innovation Cluster)

GBIC programme first launched by BCA in September 2014.

“The scheme will help mitigate the risks involved in

trialling new technologies by co-funding incurred costs such

as equipment, installation, and commissioning. In doing so, we

hope to spur wider replication and eventual commercialisation

of novel energy-efficient solutions for buildings in the longer

term,” said Mr Tan Tian Chong, BCA’s Group Director of Research.

To push the boundaries of building energy efficiency,

technologies to be test-bedded should achieve 20 percent

to 40 percent improvement over the current best-inclass

technologies. These technologies could come from

successfully completed research and development (R&D)

projects or proven technology, either local or overseas, that

have not been implemented widely in Singapore yet. Examples

include innovative air-conditioning technologies, such as

chilled ceilings and under-floor cooling systems.

The scheme will also cover the cost of removing the

technology should the trial be deemed unsuccessful. United

World College South East Asia (UWCSEA) is keen to participate

in the GBIC-Demo scheme to facilitate the implementation

of ‘3for2@UWCSEA’ at the college’s new high school block

in Dover. Scheduled to be completed by 2017, the facility

will boast several technologies that are new to Singapore

such as a control and building management system (BMS)

optimised for decentralised ACMV systems. The project will

be developed by researchers at the Future Cities Laboratory of

the Singapore-ETH Centre and engineers at Siemens Building


Mr Simon Thomas, Director of Operations and Facilities

at UWCSEA, said: “This GBIC-Demo scheme will provide a

significant opportunity for building owners to reduce their

risk whilst providing a much needed platform for real world

learning, the results of which could give a clear direction of

future possibilities.”

“It is important to test new technologies in a real-world

setting and the GBIC-Demo scheme helps remove some of the

barriers towards the adoption of cutting-edge technologies

for building,” said Mr Nilesh Y. Jadhav, Program Director of

EcoCampus at Nanyang Technological University. “Apart from

incentivising early adopters, the scheme also provides valuable

data to subsequent adopters. The sharing of performance data

provides opportunities for investigating further improvements

in the technology and making it adoption-friendly.”

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Asia Pacific & Middle East

Promising outlook for Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology 2015

Hong Kong – The 12th edition of Guangzhou Electrical Building

Technology will be held from 9-12 June 2015 at the China Import

and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China. The four-day

event is expected to host approximately 300 exhibitors in over

20,000 square metres of exhibition space. Highlighted at the 2015

show will be electrical engineering, as well as building and home

automation, in an attempt to accommodate the growing needs

of China’s building industry.

Recognised as one of Asia’s premier platforms for electrical engineering and building and home automation technologies, the

show continues to garner substantial confidence from leading industry players. New and returning exhibitors confirmed for 2015

include Berker (Germany), BOCHO (Switzerland), Control4 (the US), DOOYA (China), Echelon Technology (the US), EnOcean Alliance

(the US), HDL (China), HEE (China), IISFREE (China), KNX Association (Belgium), Lite-Puter (Taiwan), Murata (Japan), Schneider Electric

(France), T&J Electric (the UK), WAGO Electronic (Germany), Z-Wave Alliance (the US) and many others.

Furthermore, Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology will be held concurrently with the Guangzhou International Lighting

Exhibition and Wire & Cable Guangzhou. The three shows together serve as a comprehensive platform for demonstrating the latest

electrical engineering, lighting, and building and home automation technologies and solutions.

A diverse range of visitors is anticipated to join such as energy service providers, power companies, system integrators, architects,

designers, contractors and end-users. In 2014, Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology and the Guangzhou International Lighting

Exhibition attracted 129,885 professional visitors from around the world.

Specialised fair supports China’s fast-growing building technologies market

China’s fast-growing new urbanisation construction is raising standards for building quality and building energy efficiency. Resultantly,

there is a boost in the market demand for building electrical engineering and automation control technologies and products.

According to the China Academy of Telecommunication Research of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the

total investment in smart cities in China will exceed RMB 1.6 trillion (USD 255 billion) by the 12th Five-Year Plan. The Intelligence

Community and Smart Home are highlighted as two key areas of this development by the National Development and Reform

Commission in “Opinions on Promoting the Healthy Development of Smart City”.

In support of this rapid development,

the event will feature related exhibits in the

following categories:

Building and home automation

• Lighting control systems

• Intelligent sun shading systems

• Audio and video systems

• Air conditioning and cooling systems

• Integration systems

• General cabling systems

• Video surveillance, access control and

home security systems

• Power supply and distribution systems,

and energy management systems

Electrical engineering

• Electrical accessories and materials

• Power supply, instruments, gauges and


• Electrical energy-efficiency modification


• Control equipment, meters, dimmers and monitoring switches

• Sockets and switches

• Lightning protection systems and equipment

Photo: © Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology fair

Strong and steady support from industry associations

The 2015 show’s five new supporters are the China Smart Home Industry Alliance, the Intelligent Engineering Branch of China

Exploration and Design Association, Modern Architecture Electric Magazine, the Asia Pacific Intelligent Green Building Alliance

and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group Inc. Other show supporters include:

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Photo: © Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology fair

• Building Electricity Magazine Agency

• China Hotel Purchasing and Supplying Association

• Guangdong Association of Automation

• Guangdong Real Estate Association

• Intelligent Building Branch of China

Construction Industry Association

• Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings

• Continental Automated Buildings Association

• Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia

• EnOcean Alliance

• Federation of Asian and Pacific Electrical

Contractors Associations

• Hong Kong Federation of Electrical and

Mechanical Contractors Ltd

• Hong Kong Institution of Engineers - Building

Services Division

• KNX Association

• LonMark International

• Macau Construction Association

• Macau Institution of Engineers

• Taiwan Intelligent Building Association

• ZigBee Alliance

• Z-Wave Alliance

Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology is organised

by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd. For more

information e-mail building@china.messefrankfurt.com or

visit www.building.messefrankfurt.com.cn.

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Spadework to begin for Northpoint City

Singapore – Frasers Centrepoint Limited (“FCL”) has awarded

the main contract for the construction of Northpoint City to

Lum Chang Building Contractors (“LCBC”) and spadework will

commence on 15 April 2015. When completed in 2018, Nee

Soon’s most iconic integrated development will cap the landmark

change envisioned for the precinct, one of the earliest townships

developed in the late 1970s.

The transformation of Nee Soon involves close collaboration

between the private and public sectors. FCL will be working

towards amalgamating the development’s residential and retail

components with the town’s main transportation network and

community facilities.

With a gross floor area of about 1.33 million square feet,

Northpoint City will include the 920-unit North Park Residences,

the largest retail mall in the Northern region of Singapore with

over 500 outlets, a first-of-its-kind Community Club within a

shopping mall, a vibrant Town Plaza equivalent to the size of

10 basketball courts, as well as an integrated transport hub

consisting of an air-conditioned bus interchange and shopping

underpass to Yishun MRT Station.

“The partnership between the agencies and FCL will create

a new Nee Soon. The changes will be exciting. Residents and

businesses can look forward to a greener landscape. There will

be integration of community and healthcare facilities, transport

infrastructure, as well as attractive lifestyle offerings,” said Mr

K Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Law

and Member of Parliament for Nee Soon Group Representation


The rooftop Community Garden in the upcoming Northpoint

City, which underpins this strong community focus, accordingly

takes pride of place in FCL’s blueprint for the development.

The size of nearly three basketball courts and readily

An artist impression of the Community Garden at Northpoint City.

Photo: © Frasers Centrepoint Limited

accessible to Nee Soon residents, the Community Garden will

supplement the existing Town Garden and the needs of residents

by providing them with an easily accessible green respite that

also offers a host of recreational activities. The multi-purpose

plaza set amid lush tree formations in the Community Garden

offers residents with an expansive area under the cover of green

canopy for various leisure activities such as morning strolls,

outdoor exercises and picnics.

Northpoint City elevates the concept of an integrated

development to a new level. Its retail underpasses and covered

walkways will give commuters and shoppers comfortable and

seamless access to the air-conditioned bus interchange and

Yishun MRT Station. This integrated transport hub will bring

residents within ‘doorstep’ distance in, around and beyond Nee

Soon with seamless connectivity.

Qingjian paves the way for private smart homes with Samsung

Singapore – Private homeowners will

soon be able to ride on the crest of

the technological wave as Singapore’s

Smart Nation initiative gets underway.

Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group

Pte Ltd (Qingjian) and Samsung Asia

Pte Ltd (Samsung) entered a partnership

on 25 February 2015 that will see the

integration of smart living technology

into new developments as these

innovations become commerciallyavailable.

“In the last few years, we have

seen technology evolve significantly. A

mobile phone has been transformed into

wearable technology and 3D-printing

has reinvented the construction industry.

In two to three years, our lifestyles will be

very different from how we live today. So

what we aim to do is to start anticipating

and building today the smart Qingjian

home that you will be receiving the

keys to in three to five years. One that

already has the latest technology and

infrastructure to integrate with your

smart lifestyle at that point in time,” said

Mr Li Jun, General Manager, Qingjian.

In anticipation of the rapid

technological improvements, Qingjian

hopes to ‘future-proof” its upcoming

launches by incorporating the necessary

infrastructure to support smart homes as

they are constructed. This would ensure

that future Qingjian homebuyers will

be able to plug into the smart home

immediately, with minimal need for

infrastructural enhancement.

One of its latest initiatives is the

introduction of CoSpace Flexi units,

which allow homebuyers to reconfigure

and customise their layouts and interior

design, enabling them to fit their new

homes to their lifestyle. As lifestyles

and needs of homeowners in Singapore

evolve, especially with the advent

of Smart Nation, it is imperative for

Qingjian to partner Samsung, the leader

in consumer electronics, to keep abreast

of the latest developments to ensure that

its developments are built with future

needs in mind.

The two partners expect some of the

smart home technologies to be ready for

commercial integration within years, and

plan for these to be offered in Qingjian’s

upcoming executive condominium in

Sembawang, expected to be launched

in 2016. As part of the agreement,

Qingjian will endeavour to use Samsung

products in its upcoming developments.

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Homeowners of Qingjian development

who are expected to receive the

Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP)

from 2015 will also be able to purchase

Samsung appliances at a preferential rate.

“This collaboration comes as a natural

fit. Both Samsung and QingJian are

committed to the Smart Nation initiative

and we are thrilled to start at the heart

if any nation – with its people and their

homes,” said Andy Sim, General Manager,

Enterprise Business, Samsung Asia Pte

Ltd. “Samsung has been appointed

by QingJian to be the single brand of

choice to enable smart technologies for

home owners as we have the breadth of

appliances, solutions and ecosystem to

deliver a truly connected experience and

a better quality of life for homeowners,”

added Andy.

Through seamless connectivity

between personal smart devices and

home appliances, one can, today, operate

his/her washing machines and vacuum

cleaners remotely, at the touch of a smart

device. Wherever you are, you can operate

From left to right: Mr Li Jun, General Manager, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd,

Mr Song Xiu Yi, Executive Director, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd, Mr Stephen

Suh, President, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd and Mr Andy Sim, General Manager, Enterprise Business,

Samsung Asia Pte Ltd during the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing to mark the

collaboration between Qingjian and Samsung.

multiple smart appliances concurrently.

The partners hope to take this technology

further, and explore greater ways to

leverage on the Internet of Things

(IoT) to enable homeowners to better

integrate their household technology

with personal smart devices. This is the

first step towards building a smart home

that can respond to the living needs of

its occupants.

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RAK Ceramics supports its growth strategy with two senior appointments to its

management team

Dubai, UAE – RAK Ceramics has announced the appointment of two new

senior members to its management team in the UAE. These new senior

hires are in line with RAK Ceramics’ commitment to strengthening its

management team by hiring top talent from the global industry.

The two new senior appointments are Stefan Schmied and Raaqib

Mutvalli. Stefan Schmied has been appointed as the President of Tiles

and Sanitary ware at RAK Ceramics and brings to the business a wealth

of industry experience. In his new role, he will be responsible for the

sales and marketing of tiles and sanitary ware products both regionally

and internationally. Prior to RAK Ceramics, Stefan held several key

management roles within Geberit, one of the most successful and

renowned brands in the sanitary industry, as Managing Director for the

business in South East and North East Asia, based in Singapore. Before

this, he was Managing Director for the Gulf Region within the firm; based

Raaqib Mutvalli

Stefan Schmied

in Dubai with responsibility for the growth of the Middle East and Africa business. Stefan started his career at Roland Berger Strategy

Consultants where he was responsible for numerous international assignments focusing on restructuring, turnaround, M&A, PMI

and Corporate/Business Strategy across different industries.

Raaqib Mutvalli has been appointed as the Head of the Performance Management Office at RAK Ceramics and will be working

closely with the leadership team to drive key projects, which will enable the business to achieve its 2017 vision. Raaqib joins RAK

Ceramics after spending his entire career as a Management Consultant, most recently with PwC Consulting in the UK where he

advised Fortune 500 companies on how to make sustainable improvements to their organizations and implement cross-functional

changes in leading companies.

Abdallah Massaad, Chief Executive Officer of RAK Ceramics said: “As a global brand, we continue to take actions to ensure

that we have the resources in place to support our new corporate strategy. These appointments underpin our commitment to

strengthening our organisational and management activities. Stefan and Raaqib join RAK Ceramics at a key point in our on-going

growth and I look forward to their valuable input in their respective roles.”

KONE wins order for Sengkang General and Community Hospitals

Singapore – KONE has won an order to supply elevators and

escalators to Sengkang General and Community Hospitals. Upon

its completion, the 1,400-bed integrated hospital development will

bring holistic, multi-disciplinary and patient-centric care to meet

the healthcare needs of the residents in northeast Singapore.

KONE will be installing energy-efficient KONE MiniSpace

elevators, KONE S MonoSpace® machine room-less elevators,

KONE TranSys elevators, KONE TravelMaster 110 escalators and

dumbwaiter elevators from an external source.

All elevators and escalators will be linked up by KONE E-Link

monitoring solution with remote management capabilities. KONE

E-Link provides real-time status updates of the equipment

performance and Artist’s impression of the Sengkang General Hospital in Singapore.

facilitates rapid

resolution deployment to ensure operational quality. In addition, some elevators will

be equipped to interface with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), ensuring smooth

and on-time delivery for meals, documents, etc.

“We are delighted to be awarded the contract for this new development. As

an insightful organization, we were able to understand the end-user requirements

in a medical segment and provide the right kind of solutions,” said Neeraj Sharma,

Executive Vice President for KONE Asia Pacific and Middle East. “KONE’s people flow

planning expertise will enable patients, hospital staff, and visitors to move smoothly

Mr Neeraj Sharma

and safely within the hospital,” he added.

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Keppel Land China listed amongst Top 10 ASEAN Companies in China by China-ASEAN

Business Council

Singapore – Keppel Land China Limited (Keppel Land China)

has been conferred the Top 10 ASEAN Companies in China

award by the China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) in a

ceremony held in Beijing on 5 February 2015. This is the third

consecutive year that Keppel Land China has been recognised

for its economic and social contributions to the local Chinese


The award ceremony took place in the presence of Mr Liu

Guchang, former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister and Chairman

of China Foundation for International Studies, Mr Ge Zhirong,

Counsellor of State Council and President of the China Entry-

Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association, Mr Xu Ningning,

Executive Secretary-General of China-ASEAN Business Council,

and ambassadors to China from all 10 ASEAN countries.

Receiving the award on behalf of Keppel Land China was

Mr Ho Cheok Kong, President of Keppel Land China, who said:

“Keppel Land was one of the first foreign property developers

to enter China in the early 90’s. Over the years, we have been

privileged to play a part in China’s urbanisation. Today, China is

one of Keppel Land’s core markets and our portfolio of awardwinning

residential, commercial, waterfront and lifestyle

developments across 10 Chinese cities is distinguished for

its quality and thoughtful innovations.”

On behalf of the company, Mr Ho Cheok Kong (third from left), President

of Keppel Land China, received the award for “Top 10 ASEAN Companies

in China” by the China-ASEAN Business Council in a ceremony held in

Beijing on 5 February 2015. On his left is Mr Liu Guchang (fourth from left),

former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister and Chairman of China Foundation

for International Studies. This is the third consecutive year that Keppel

Land China has been honoured for its economic and social contributions

to the local Chinese communities.

He added: “We are confident that Keppel Land is well-poised to continue to grow with China as we deepen our presence in our

five focus cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu and Wuxi, where we have built our presence and strong local teams.”

One Space celebrates 10-year milestone

Hong Kong – The award-winning architecture and technology

firm One Space celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the Upper

House, Hong Kong. Founders James Oliver and Greg Pearce

took the occasion to highlight the substantial progress the

company, which remains at the forefront of offering integrated

design and technology solutions in South East Asia, has made

since coming into existence.

Starting out in a small office with a handful of team

members a decade ago, One Space quickly established a

Asurion, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang – a project by One Space

in 2013. Photo: © Graham Uden Photography

market presence and reputation for consistent design quality

through the powerful synergy of its founders. Technology

infrastructure expert James Oliver has over 21 years’

experience delivering high-quality technology services and

solutions, and Greg Pearce is an award-winning architect with

a track record in interdisciplinary design and management.

This effective symbiosis, backed by One Space’s collaborative

approach to offer a truly customised experience for every

client, is what propelled the company’s strong growth

throughout these years.

During the firm’s anniversary celebration, the founders

thanked their clients for their unwavering support, loyalty

and vision; their business partners, “who help develop our

ideas into real, functioning facilities”, for being the firm’s

“everyday ambassadors”; and the One Space team for their

irrepressible team-spirit, talent, and commitment.

“One Space thrives on the provocative notion that

architects and interior designers are not the sole authors

of creative ideas. Instead, we believe that the highest forms

of creativity emerge when people with different vantagepoints

and experiences come together to solve a problem.

With this simple concept in mind, the idea for One Space was

born,” said Greg Pearce, Co-Founder of One Space Ltd. “We

are very proud of our projects and clients. This anniversary

is an important milestone for us, as we advance our design

services into new markets and sectors,” he added.

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ONG&ONG completes Sanctuary @ Geylang

Singapore – Sanctuary @ Geylang is the latest to join the ONG&ONG Group’s lineup

of 360° Solution projects. Located at 1 Lorong 30 Geylang, this freehold, 21-unit

residential development is a boutique condominium with convenient access to

nearby amenities, such as food centres and transportation lines, while also being

just minutes away from the city.

Despite the relatively narrow plot on which the development sits, the eightstorey

structure makes efficient use of the land with a mechanised car parking

system as well as automated security measures. Residents can come home to a

quaint garden entrance that shares the ground floor space with a communal access


Each unit is equipped with a generously sized balcony that allows one to enjoy

the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas. Steel metal mesh encircles the balcony,

giving the façade a sophisticated feel, while the timber deck gives a more natural

and comforting feel to each home. The screen also has a sun-shading function and

can be closed or opened throughout the day.

The Sanctuary’s governing design principles are elegance and simplicity,

affording its residents tranquility and comfort in their daily living.

Photographer: Jaume Albert Marti

Al Zorah invests over AED 500 million in infrastructure development; awards final

contract for Phase 1 works

Ajman, UAE – Ajman’s premier waterfront and organically

connected lifestyle development project, Al Zorah has invested

over AED 500 million in infrastructure, with the awarding of

an AED 115 million contract for the final stage of Phase 1

infrastructure works.

With the initial stages of infrastructure development

already completed, the new contract to AIMS Group covers the

rest of the road and utility networks to support all Phase one

components of the premiere destination. The work is scheduled

for completion in the fourth quarter of this year.

Located along the breathtaking natural peninsula on the

coastline of Ajman, the flagship project of Al Zorah Development

Company is spread over an area of 5.4 million square metres.

Set apart from other destinations by its exotic setting of natural

mangroves and seafront, Al Zorah blends the best of nature

with the finest in modern amenities to create refined places

for life. A freehold development encompassing 12 kilometres

of waterfront, 1.6 kilometres of sandy beaches and a 700,000

square metres golf course, Al Zorah is slowly rising up from the

ground to create unprecedented communal living at its best.

The first phase of the AED 2 billion development will welcome

its first residents later this year. The key components that will

provide a refreshing and vibrant lifestyle for residents and

visitors include: a 113 key beach resort operated by Oberoi, a

192 key beach resort operated by Lux, an 18-hole Golf Course

by Nicklaus Design, 42 premium residential villas on the golf

course, serviced residential apartments, and The Pavilion, Al

Zorah’s sales centre.

The Phase 1 infrastructure works included the design,

earthworks, work on four marinas that can accommodate over

200 boats, the 18-hole championship golf course, highway

linking Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to Al Zorah, the entire

Al Zohra infrastructure development in progress.

road and utility network, bridge, and water edge protection

across 3.5 kilometres of waterfront.

Imad Dana, Chief Executive Officer of Al Zorah Development

Company, said: “The foundations of the success of any property

development project spread over such a large area like Al Zorah,

is dependent on the connectivity of its individual components.

“We are committed to the comforts of our future residents

right from the start and we are ensuring that the entire project is

geared to provide a holistic lifestyle from day one when people

move in. Al Zorah is all about creating that special value for our

investors and we can see that vision coming to life already.”

The development is all set to energise Ajman bringing in

a truly world-class lifestyle destination that will enhance the

Emirate’s competitiveness and development.

Al Zorah is masterfully crafted and planned by Solidere

International, renowned for developing refined ‘Places for Life,’

and principally established in Dubai International Financial

Centre by Solidere, the Lebanese public company that is

responsible for the urban regeneration of downtown Beirut.

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IFFS 2015: Design-centric show trio opens to a strong start

Singapore – The International Furniture Fair Singapore

2015 / 32nd ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS 2015), The

Décor Show, and Hospitality 360° opened on 13 March

2015 to welcome trade professionals of the furniture,

interior design, and hospitality industries from all over

the world. Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State,

Ministry of Trade and Industry, graced the occasion as

the Guest of Honour.

Over the four days, 487 exhibitors from a record

number of 39 countries showcased an impressive range

of furniture and the latest design elements in interior

décor. “In the last decade, we’ve seen a steady growth in

the soft furnishings and home accessories segment within

our show,” commented Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte

Ltd. “This development has benefitted exhibitors as well

as buyers, and it also confirms The Décor Show’s unique

identity next to IFFS,” added Mr Koh.

Photo: Courtesy of IFFS

Since 2011, The Décor Show has offered attendees

a mix of high quality and trendy decorative items, such as bedding and linen, carpets and rugs, decorative accessories, home

textiles, handicrafts, lacquer ware, mirrors, paintings, and wall coverings. This year, more than 150 companies from the ASEAN,

Asia Pacific, North American, and European regions showcased their original, functional designs, and superior craftsmanship

at the show.

For the first time this year, The Décor Show was selected

by EU Business Avenues, a business support programme for

Europe-based SMEs, as the platform of choice for a debut

trade mission to Southeast Asia. A total of 39 interior design

companies and brands from 15 different European Union

(EU) countries will bring a microcosm of the EU design

scene to Asia through this event in Singapore.

“European companies have always been at the

forefront of modern interior decoration. Their reputation

as trendsetters is based on excellent craftsmanship and

innovative ideas,” said Dr Michael Pulch, EU Ambassador

to Singapore. “We have chosen to showcase some of the

best small and medium enterprises the EU has to offer in

this sector at IFFS. Companies participating in the Business

Avenues programme will have the opportunity to team up

with other companies here to maximise opportunities in

Photo: Courtesy of IFFS

growing local and regional markets,” added Dr Pulch.

Design Empowers Business Seminars were held in the

Design Hall 4 from 13 to 15 March. These complimentary sessions featured prominent practitioners and luminaries from

various industries such as, architecture, furniture, interior design, and hospitality. The seminar programme included a plenary

on intellectual property (IP) and designs - jointly organised by British High Commission Singapore, UK Intellectual Property

Office, IFFS, and Halo Creative & Design – as well as sessions that explore industry trends, business strategies, and success


For more information on IFFS 2015, The Décor Show, and Hospitality 360°, visit www.IFFS.com.sg, www.TheDecorShow.

com.sg and www.Hospitality360.com.sg.

MAISON&OBJET ASIA returned to Singapore for its second edition

Singapore – The second edition of MAISON&OBJET ASIA 2015 took place from 10 to 13 March 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and

Convention Centre. The show featured an expanded selection of the best of high-end decoration and home fashion by prestigious

brands and designers in the Interior Design and Home Decoration sectors.

Featured in the Interior Design section were leading brands offering the highest quality in decoration and design, ideal for

residential, contract and hospitality projects. Within the Home Decoration section, an eclectic group of the most coveted and

innovative brands in furniture, lighting and decorative accessories were showcased.

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The very same spirit of creativity and

sophistication that characterises its Parisian

event, and which distinguished the first

Asia edition, continued to be evident in

MAISON&OBJET ASIA 2015. The salon brought

together the arts of living, gather together

players in the sector, deciphered new trends,

offered new sources of inspiration, unveiled

new talents, stimulated the market, promoted

creativity and provided a springboard for brand

enhancement – all under one roof.

“At MAISON&OBJET ASIA, we are committed

to being a unique platform that brings together

a wide offering of brands together with a large

diversity of visitors. These visitors range from

retailers to buyers, from interior designers to

architects, and from property developers to hotel

and restaurant owners. In 2014, we had more

than 13,700 visitors with Asian visitors making


up 51 percent and a total of 265 brands with 30

percent of them from Asia. For 2015, we are delighted to now have 300 brands from 26 countries, of which 32 percent are from Asia.

There are 153 brands which are new exhibitors and 47 percent are exclusive to the MAISON&OBJET ASIA, not having exhibited in

Paris before,” said Philippe Brocart, Managing Director, MAISON&OBJET.

Highlights for 2015 in the Asia edition included the staples which make up the salon’s distinctive traits: Designer of the Year

and Rising Asian Talents, as well as the Interior Design & Lifestyle Summit which featured keynote addresses by renowned industry

personalities and presentations on market trends.

TECHNAL at the 4th Annual Vertical Cities Conference

Singapore – The 4th Annual

Vertical Cities, hosted at

Suntec Singapore Convention

and Exhibition Centre, took

place from 9 to 11 March 2015.

This year, the event was

specifically designed to

meet all building industry

practitioners’ demands to

secure and guarantee their

investments. Local and

international attendees:

around 180 delegates coming

from all continents including


The TECHNAL brand – one

of the world’s market leader

of aluminium joinery systems:

doors, windows, curtain

walling, etc – demonstrated Technal stand and the audience.

his know how in building

construction amongst Industry’s key players. Property developers, architects and consultants, more than 30 people, were pleased

to discover TECHNAL booth and learn more about TECHNAL products and solutions.

During the three days conference, an expert in aluminium building systems coming from Sapa group (the owner of the TECHNAL

brand) highlighted the most advanced concepts designed by TECHNAL for tall and Green buildings. The presentation impressed

quite a number of delegates.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed the cocktail and a good chit chat at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark.” It was a really good opportunity

to talk about what we do, we can do and what others are doing,” said Remi El-Zouki – TECHNAL South East Asia Sales Manager.

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Visitor experience central to design for Port Macquarie Hospital

Melbourne, Australia – Hospitals are often

stressful for patients, staff and visitors. HASSELL

set out to deliver a positive patient and visitor

experience in the A$104 million expansion of the

Port Macquarie Base Hospital, in NSW, Australia.

The newly updated building offers relief

for medical staff who spend much of their time

indoors in sterile environments as well as offering

the local community better access to improved

health care services.

Set within a natural woodland the HASSELL

design creates frequent interaction with the

surrounding landscape and will create 300 new

jobs in the local community.

The expansion includes a seven-theatre

operating suite, new 34-bed theatre recovery

unit, new cardiac catheterisation laboratory, Photo: © HASSELL

new 24-bed critical-care ward, relocation of the

paediatric ward, and 200 more car parking spaces, which will ease traffic congestion.

“Functionality and seamless interaction between the internal and external environment was at the core of our design approach

for this particular health project,” said Jeff Menkens, HASSELL Principal.

“Hospitals require a great level of functionality in their design, given the nature of medical work. The HASSELL design helped

to ensure the health service delivery of the hospital was maintained, while still creating a space for visitors, patients and staff with

an element of calm,” added Jeff.

Dubai Parks and Resorts highlights the importance of world-class guest experiences

at IAAPA Leadership Conference in Dubai

Dubai, UAE – Providing unrivalled guest experiences through innovative and thorough destination management should be the

priority of every entertainment developer. This was the message Dubai Parks and Resorts – set to be the region’s largest multithemed

leisure and entertainment destination when it opens in October 2016, underscored during the annual International

Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) leadership conference, held for the first time in the Middle East this year.

The IAAPA leadership conference brought together entertainment professionals from across the globe to share their knowledge

and experiences to ensure the future success and growth of theme parks, amusements and attractions around the world. It is

the first time the conference has been held in the Middle East and the location was chosen due to the number of world class

attractions the area has to offer.

Matthew Priddy, the Chief Technical Officer for Dubai Parks and Resorts, delivered a keynote speech, at The Atlantis – The

Palm resort, to more than 200 of his peers on the importance of delivering excellent guest experiences – the theme of this

year’s event.

He said: “Dubai Parks and Resorts is built

on the belief that every aspect of the park

– from the construction, through to the

attractions and the additional offerings such

as dining have been thoroughly considered

since the very start of the project to ensure

maximum customer satisfaction.”

The October 2016 opening of Dubai Parks

and Resorts will be a landmark moment for

the UAE as three world-class theme parks

open at the same time. The first phase of the

project will comprise of motiongate Dubai,

LEGOLAND® Dubai and Bollywood Parks

Dubai – all connected by Riverland, a retail,

dining and entertainment walkway. Lapita

will also open at the same time on the site.

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Asia Pacific & Middle East

Visual Asia Expo 2015 lines up Asia’s top-notch speakers for two-day Expert Forum

Singapore – Themed “Transforming Ideas Into Creative Expressions”, Visual Asia Expo

2015’s two-day expert forum will feature distinguished speakers hailing from visual

design, display technologies, digital signages, photography, imaging, lighting, printing

and architecture sectors – to offer a multifaceted perspective of Asia’s booming visual communication industry.

Space Arena, the organiser of Visual Asia Expo 2015, announced its featured speakers for the two-day expert forum, which will be

held in conjunction with the trade show at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, from 5-7 November 2015.

Positioned as “Asia’s definitive trade show for visual communication industry”, Visual Asia Expo is Space Arena’s signature event

and a professional trade show in Asia, spotlighting the best and complete variety of visual communication offerings now and the


Transforming Ideas Into Creative Expressions

To mark the inaugural visual communication tradeshow in Asia, the forum will bring together a panel of eight industry leaders to

engage the audience with stories of how they are transforming ideas into creative expressions – and winning business propositions

– in the regional and global visual solutions marketplace. “We have designed the forum for professionals who recognise that Asia’s

visual communication landscape is highly diverse, is transforming dramatically and growing rapidly in the recent years,” said

Organiser & Director Thomas Ang. “The forum will be an exciting learning and interaction platform for experts from the creative,

branding, corporate and marketing communication fields, owners and trade operators of retail and malls, hospitality, banking,

transportation, sports and entertainment, as well as government agencies and academic leaders from all over Asia,” he added.

The event is supported by Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore (4AS),

Professional Photographers Association (Singapore) (PPAS), the Design Alliance Asia (tDA Asia), and Print & Media Association,

Singapore (PMAS).

The forum will feature a panel of prominent speakers including:

• Sebastian Tan, Group Managing Director, Photographer and Director of Shooting Gallery Asia

• Mark Phooi, Designpreneur and Principal of First Media Design School

• Jerry Tan, Co-Founder and CEO of Light10 Industries Pte Ltd

• Rohan Abdullah, Director of LightingImages

• Alan Lim, Founder of Alan Lim Studio and Eleven Photography, Principal Instructor at School Of Photography Singapore (SOP)

• Ken Wheatley, Director of Sales, Business Products, Asia Pacific, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.

• Jeslyn Tan, Senior General Manager of SMRT Media & Digital, SMRT Investments Pte Ltd

• Lee Chee Yong, Managing Director of Film Screen Pte Ltd

Mark Phooi, First Media

Design School

Rohan Abdullah, LightingImages

Jerry Tan, Light10 Industries Pte Ltd

Alan Lim, Alan Lim Studio,

School of Photography

Jeslyn Tan, SMRT Media &


Lee Chee Yong, Film Screen

Sebastian Tan,

Shooting Gallery Asia

Ken Wheatley, Christie

Digital Systems USA, Inc.

“Visual Asia Expo 2015 will be a spot for the best of Asia’s visual communications to converge,” remarked Thomas, “and I can imagine

a highly power-packed and energised two-day event for visual communicators to connect, not only to interact with and learn from

each other, but also to collectively transform Asia’s visual communication landscape.”

Admission to the expert forum is free of charge and open to trade and institutional guests. Prior registration is however required

as seats are limited. Online registration will be made available in April.

For more details about forum topics and speakers’ profiles, www.visualasiaexpo.com/forum/forum-synopses-and-speakersprofile.

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Alvar Aalto Medal awarded to Spanish architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano

Helsinki, Finland – The Alvar Aalto Medal has been awarded to the Spanish architect duo

Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano. First awarded in 1967, the medal was now presented

for the twelfth time. The winners were announced at a seminar marking Architecture Day

at Helsinki City Hall on 3 February 2015.

Creative collaborators since the early 1980s, Nieto and Sobejano are renowned for the

great variety of their portfolio, although their best-known works are galleries and museums.

Employing a team of forty, Nieto Sobejano Architects has offices based in Madrid and Berlin.

The duo has received abundant professional recognition, including the prestigious Aga

Khan Award for Architecture. Their work has also been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and

at MoMa in New York. Both architects divide their time between creative assignments and

lecturing at European University of Madrid and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).

The architectural philosophy of Nieto and Sobejano is strongly rooted in the culture and

history of their homeland. Both have ranked among Spain’s leading architects since 1975.

The jury commented as follows: “The work of Nieto and Sobejano demonstrates how an

architect’s cultural background can inspire architecture of outstanding quality and expressive

power. Nieto and Sobejano’s work has a primal energy ranking it among the world’s most

compelling statements and groundbreaking achievements in architecture.” The jury further

added that Nieto and Sobejano restore faith in the adaptability of contemporary western

architecture, also answering the contemporary demand for sustainability and ecological


Nieto and Sobejano always prioritise the environment when designing. In their latest

competition entry for the Arvo Pärt Centre (Laulasmaa, Estonia, 2014), they have adapted

their philosophy to Nordic latitudes and a northern boreal setting. History and climate

likewise inspired the subterranean design of the Museum & Research Centre Madinat Al

Zahra (Córdoba, Spain, 2009), which blends subtly with the flat plains surrounding it.

Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano,

Photo by ©2010 Luis Sevillano

(Ediciones EL PAÍS, SL)

The members of this year’s jury were professor and architect Rainer Mahlamäki (Finland), architect Simo Freese (Finland), architect

Wessel de Jonge (The Netherlands) and professor and architect Dorte Mandrup–Poulsen (Denmark). The medal is conferred by the

Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, the Architectural Society, the Alvar Aalto Foundation

and the City of Helsinki.

Benoy completes Elephant Park Retail Strategy

London, UK – Benoy has officially completed its Retail Strategy for Elephant Park, located within the Elephant and Castle Masterplan

in Central London.

This pivotal London regeneration project will revitalise a major thoroughfare within the UK capital’s city centre. Benoy was

appointed to provide the overall site’s Retail Strategy Concept which creates a cohesive design dialogue for the wider development.

Working with Lend Lease on this intricate, mixed-use scheme, Benoy’s Retail Strategy, including the Shopfront Design Guide, blends

a genuine London culture with the cosmopolitan nature of the global capital.

The primary goal of Elephant Park is to engender an environment for the residents to appreciate and call home. Incorporating

the best of British Retail and amenities to attract local shoppers, this approach aims to be an example for the future of the High


With a strategy focused on creating a place for the residents to enjoy their shopping in a relaxed, community-centred

neighbourhood, Benoy is projecting life and vibrancy into the redevelopment with a scheme, which balances High Street tenants

with innovative new businesses generating a fresh atmosphere for everyone.

Benoy Associate Director Nikhil Pase described the project as “A leading

example of the positive improvement London is undergoing. Our strategy

incorporates all the complex facets of the overall plan into a scheme which

attracts the residents of Central London as well as the travellers from around the

world who come to London to see where British heritage meets international


Elephant and Castle is one of the many areas of London undergoing a

major renovation. Benoy’s Retail Strategy received sign off in December 2014

and is now under construction. The firm is also working on several phases for

the Battersea redevelopment as well as acting as a Strategist and Architect

for Silvertown in East London.

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Broadway Malyan-designed luxury ‘Boutiq’ completes in Singapore

London, UK – ‘The Boutiq’, a luxury 39,972 square feet residential apartment-led

scheme in the heart of Singapore, designed by Broadway Malyan, has opened to

residents. The scheme features two 10-storey blocks and provides 130 one to twobedroom

apartment units and one to three-bedroom penthouses ranging from 506

square feet to 2,853 square feet, with all units including luxury fixtures and fittings

by renowned brands.

It offers residents a complex of unique communal ‘sky gardens’, each serving a

different function and offering different recreational facilities, including a swimming

pool, a fitness suite and a bar, with the development set in tranquil, landscaped


The practice’s design has delivered contemporary and functional spaces, and

communal and social areas, with a range of amenities for ease of convenience and

the privacy of a domestic residence – plus a distinctive façade playfully inspired by

an Irish Tartan pattern.

It balances the demand for luxury lifestyle and urban living with that of a

sustainable development. The south-facing orientation and use of large windows,

Photo: © Broadway Malyan

plus the passive design approach and use of natural ventilation, result in a light

and airy environment throughout the day. Sky gardens punctuate every floor and

provide a multi-level forum for residents to relax, play and interact, while also affording spectacular views across Singapore.

The practice provided architectural and landscape design services to its client, a consortium comprising Heeton Holdings, KSH

Holdings and TEE International, resulting in a strong synergy between the architecture and landscape, from ground level up to the

sky gardens.

Singapore-based Director Ian Simpson said: “Our expert design team has partnered with the client to deliver an exquisite

residential development that offers residents a restful sanctuary from the bustle of the city. The scheme is a strong addition to our

global portfolio of market-leading residential projects.”

Hydro International expands into China

Clevedon, UK – Hydro International, a global leader in innovative control

and treatment technologies for urban water management, is expanding its

activities in China with the appointment of a dedicated business manager

and strategic distributors to support growing business opportunities across

the country.

Hydro has recruited Charlie Zhong as Business Manager, based in Shanghai,

to co-ordinate Hydro’s introduction of stormwater and wastewater treatment

technologies in Greater China. Charlie will be responsible for developing

Hydro’s distributor network and promoting market-leading vortex control

and separation solutions in China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

To help fast-track the adoption of Hydro’s ground-breaking fine grit

removal technology for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment in

China, Hydro has appointed TianSheng Environmental Engineering (Chengdu)

Co Ltd (TCEE) to be a Hydro distributor. TCEE already has extensive relationships

with wastewater treatment plants across China and significant experience of

introducing western wastewater technologies for new plants and equipment

upgrades, particularly in the Beijing, Chengdu and Chongqing regions.

Yang Wu, General Manager TianSheng Environmental

Engineering (Chengdu) CO. LTD and Michael Jennings,

Chief Executive of Hydro International.

Hydro has also signed an agreement with Inter Flow Control Technologies (Tianjin) Co Ltd (IFC) to focus on the introduction

of Hydro’s hydrodynamic vortex technologies for controlling and treating surface water and preventing sewer overflows. IFC will

focus its activities initially around Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei, Wuxi and Guangzhou.

Clive Evans, International Business Director for Hydro International said: “China is facing huge urban water management challenges

to keep pace with the country’s rapidly-urbanising economy. The Chinese Government is committed to major investment in water

infrastructure through the twelfth five-year plan.” “China needs rapid access to the latest urban water management technologies,

so it can build new efficient wastewater treatment plants and upgrade its existing facilities. Tackling the growing challenge of

urban flooding and removing pollutants from urban waters is high on the city planners’ environmental agenda. China therefore

offers Hydro a significant opportunity to introduce its well-proven and innovative technologies for water control and treatment,”

he added.

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Casalgrande Padana dresses up Shitang

Casalgrande, Italy – With less than 3 months to go until the opening of Expo 2015, the

Shitang pavilion of Chinese property mogul Vanke has finally taken shape. The building

stages that followed the allotment-delivery ceremony included the foundations and the

spectacular installation, with a crane, of each offsite prefabricated piece of the skeleton

of the pavilion. These special calendered steel beams have been progressively bolted

together to mould the intricate parametric geometry designed by Daniel Libeskind, the

famous architect who is the author of the project.

After completing the skeleton and installing the bracing steel rods, the corrugated

steel horizontal beams were quickly fitted in, and the insulating core of the casing, made

up of mineral wood fibre panels, was quickly secured in place. Finally it was all covered

in a layer of shotcrete on top of a special backing.

The unusual construction will soon be ready for the installation of a special metal

The Fractile slabs developed for the Vanke

pavilion at Expo 2015.

underlayer, which the ceramic coating will be anchored to. The installation system has been designed to emphasise the disruption

of the traditional coplanar surfaces through a partial juxtaposition of the ceramic features. The spectacular facing consists of threedimensional

stoneware slabs glazed in a quaint lacquered red. The dye is a special colouring that has been specifically formulated

and developed for this project by Casalgrande Padana’s colorimetric laboratory.

The exclusive ceramic material used in the Vanke pavilion is from the new Fractile range, designed by Libeskind himself. A

creative experience that naturally follows on the process of research that the famous architect and Casalgrande Padana started in

2013 with the Pinnacle, an installation created for the Cersaie – Bologna Water Design Week in the 17th Century Cortile del Priore

dell’ex Maternità, entirely covered in these innovative three-dimensional ceramic slabs.

In the wake of such experiment, the Fractile slabs developed for the Vanke pavilion at Expo 2015 have an outstanding dynamic

three-dimensional pattern emphasised by a vibrant metallic surface, a unit that can open up new prospects and define innovative

expressive languages in the design of ceramic facings.

Made in a 60x120 size and then cut into two separate 60x60 units, the Fractile slabs are the result of a sophisticated industrial

process, which includes glazing and baking at 1250°C, using carefully selected blends of clay, quarts and feldspar, and oxide-rich

metallic glazes that give the ceramic surface a unique, dynamic shot effect. All this, while offering excellent technical and performance

standards in terms of endurance, strength and quality.

The Shitang pavilion of Chinese property mogul Vanke has finally taken shape.

OMA opens new office in Dubai

Dubai, UAE – The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has opened a Dubai office to design and oversee projects in the MEA

region. Together with headquarters in Rotterdam and offices in New York, Hong Kong, Beijing and Doha, OMA Dubai will strengthen

the practice’s presence in the Middle East, and also provide a connection point for future work in Africa and India. The office is

located in Al Warsan Tower in TECOM.

OMA Dubai has a staff of approximately 20 architects, urban planners and researchers, and is headed by partner Iyad Alsaka, who

will continue to manage OMA’s Doha Office. Alsaka joined OMA in 2007, and led the design on Dubai Waterfront City masterplan.

He is currently overseeing several projects in Doha, including the Qatar National Library, the Qatar Foundation Headquarters, and

a masterplan for the Hamad International Airport.

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Heatherwick Studio and Joanna Lumley develop the Garden Bridge project, London

London, UK – Following Transport for London’s (TfL) tender

for proposals to improve pedestrian links across the river,

Heatherwick Studio and actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley

have developed an idea for a new pedestrian ‘Garden Bridge’

across the River Thames; a scheme to connect North and

South London with a garden. As one of the greenest cities

of its size in the world, this precious new piece of landscape

will add to London’s rich and diverse horticultural heritage

of heathlands, parks, squares, allotments and community

gardens and support many indigenous river edge plant


The revival of the South Bank over the past two decades

has created a vibrant and artistic district attracting large

number of visitors to its art galleries, theatres, music halls,

restaurants and outdoor entertainment. However, visits to

Temple and the north bank area east of Somerset House and

Artist’s impression: © Arup

Waterloo Bridge are far less frequent. The bridge will grow

and nourish the connection between these distinct areas

whilst providing new walking routes to and from Covent Garden and Soho.

With a structure that widens and narrows across its span, the elevated garden will not only be a safe and easy way for London’s

many commuters and visitors to cross the river, it will also make places along its length for pedestrians to stop and better enjoy

the remarkable river setting and unparalleled views of the city. The addition of careful planting with variety in scale, openness and

intimacy will create a new kind of public space in the city.

Heatherwick Studio is currently working closely with Transport for London and world-renowned engineering consultant Arup

to develop the scheme.

Goettsch Partners designs new Warsaw Tower development

Chicago, USA – Architecture firm Goettsch Partners

(GP) has been retained by developers Golub & Co.

and Golub GetHouse Sp. z o.o to design a new Class

A office development project located in Warsaw,

Poland. The Mennica Legacy Tower development is

located in the Central Business District of Warsaw at

the intersection of Prosta and Żelazna Streets. GP will

collaborate with Epstein, a design firm with offices in

both Chicago and Warsaw, which will guide the project

through the government approval process in Warsaw

and serve as architect and engineer of record as well

as design engineer for MEP and structural engineering


The program is divided into a 35-storey tower

located on the south east side of the site and a smaller

10-storey building on the west side of the site. It is

part of a newly-approved master plan that governs

development in this area. The project consists of

approximately 100,000 gross square metres, with

80,000 gross square metres of Class A office space

Artist’s impression of the Mennica Legacy Tower. Photo: © Goettsch Partners

which includes a conference and a fitness centre as

well as ground level retail. Four levels of underground

parking and ancillary services encompass the remaining 26,000 gross square metres. Between the two structures is a large open

plaza that provides ample space for outdoor seating and a variety of landscape features.

James Goettsch, FAIA, CEO and Chairman of GP explains one of his firm’s goals for this project, “…an opportunity to do more

than just build a building. The office tower and the lower block are designed to be integrally linked with the large urban plaza, and

the result will be an ensemble that will create a unique ‘sense of place’ which we hope will enhance the public realm of Warsaw.”

Construction on Mennica Legacy Tower is expected to begin late in 2015 and will be completed late in 2018.

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ThyssenKrupp provides mobility solutions for new Jinyu New World Complex

Essen, Germany – ThyssenKrupp Elevator recently won

a contract to supply and install 78 units at the Jinyu

New World Complex in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, which

has a built-up area of 500,000 square metres and will

incorporate numerous shopping malls, residential towers,

and commercial offices.

Inner Mongolia, which occupies approximately 12

percent of the entire Chinese land mass, brings to mind

vast grasslands, fierce horsemen warriors, grazing cattle,

and clear blue skies. But the region’s wealth of natural

resources is bringing sweeping change to this formerly

remote area - it recently gave its nod for the development

of four wind energy schemes and the Chinese government

has reportedly spent over 490 million Yuan, around 70

million Euro, to construct a series of ‘model villages’,

bringing inhabitants here the convenience of central Jinyu New World Complex Hohhot. Photo: © ThyssenKrupp

heating, piped water, and improved sanitation.

China’s national trend of rural to urban settlement shifts applies also to Hohhot, witnessing a steady population growth from

some 700,000 residents in the 1980s to its present 3 million inhabitants. This growth has resulted in rapid building construction

and the extensive development of different areas of the city, such as the Jinyu New World Complex.

“We are working closely with the customer to deal with the challenges of a project of this size, including the intrinsic constraints

of the building structures and Inner Mongolia’s harsh weather conditions in order to successfully ensure completion by September

2015,” said Juergen Boehler, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator in China.

The surge in high quality and multifunctional complexes in

cities like Hohhot is also generating increased business opportunities for elevator manufacturers in China. To deal with this increase,

ThyssenKrupp Elevator, which currently operates more than 220 offices and service stations in China, will have over 250 by 2016.

This means that the company will have a location in every Chinese city with a population above 1 million. With a population of

well over a billion people and fuelled by unprecedented urban migration, China currently has the largest global elevator market

with an estimated value of 15 billion euros.

Populous Arena team announced as architects of Bristol Arena

London, UK – International design practice Populous, the architects for Philippine Arena and joint architects for Darling Harbour

Live in Sydney with HASSELL, have now been named as Architects of the Bristol Arena, in the UK.

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson announced today that the Populous Arena Team had won the RIBA international design

competition for the venue. He said: “The Populous team presented an innovative design. The new arena shone out as the best of

five great designs and will sit comfortably on the ‘Arena Island’ site next to Temple Meads and the Bath Road.”

The team brings together the expertise of entertainment and sports design firm Populous, award winning locally-based architects

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, renowned international practice BuroHappold Engineering and sound specialists Vanguardia.

Speaking at the announcement in Bristol,

Populous Senior Principal Nicholas Reynolds

said: “We believe Bristol Arena will be the catalyst

for the creation of a vibrant new quarter in the

city. The design is flexible enough to cater for

a wide variety of events and creates a range of

spaces inside and out of the venue itself, for

people to come together right through the year.”

“Our design for Bristol Arena is unique. It delivers

a world-class live concert venue for 12,000 fans

and, with seamless conversion, the atmosphere

and intimacy of a 4,000 seat amphitheatre. The

adaptive façade will provide the canvas, defining

the identity of the building within the Bristol

skyline as it transitions between an ephemeral

form by day to a dynamic event backdrop by

The Bristol Arena Design. Image: © Populous

night,” added Reynolds.

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Wacker builds new production plant for specialty monomers in Burghausen

Munich, Germany – Wacker Chemie AG is currently

building a new plant for specialty monomers with an

annual capacity of 3,800 metric tons at its Burghausen

site. The Group has budgeted around €8 million for

this. The specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and

vinyl laurate are key raw materials for the manufacture

of specific dispersible polymer powders. The plant

is scheduled for start-up in the second quarter of

2015. This new development allows WACKER to meet

increasing demand for high-quality polymeric binders

and strengthens its position as the world’s leading

manufacturer of dispersible polymer powders.

WACKER aims to meet the globally rising demand

for its dispersible polymer powders, which is driven

by worldwide trends such as urbanisation, renovation

and energy efficiency. With the construction of the

new plant for specialty monomers, the Munich-based

chemical Group is creating the necessary capacity to Burghausen production site. Photo: © WACKER

independently secure the supply of key raw materials

for the manufacture of the powders at its Burghausen site over the long term. The specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and

vinyl laurate confer special properties on WACKER’s dispersible polymer powders, such as hydrophobicity.

“The construction of the new plant for specialty monomers is an important strategic step,” explained Christoph Riemer, head of

dispersible polymer powder business at WACKER POLYMERS. “It makes us more independent of raw-material price fluctuations and

boosts supply security during peak-demand periods. In addition, it strengthens the position of specialty products in our dispersible

polymer powder portfolio.”

“The new plant uses a process that was specifically developed and patented by WACKER. It is state of the art and allows us to

strengthen our market and cost position over the long term,” said Bors C. Abele, head of acetyls business at WACKER POLYMERS.

VINCI wins a further high-rise building construction contract in Malaysia

Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, France – The

Malaysian property developer Jesselton

Group has awarded to VINCI Construction

Grands Projets the construction of a 125,000

square metres mixed-use development

on the Kota Kinabalu seafront in northern


The project covers a 7-storey podium

over two underground levels that will

house a 20,000 square metres shopping

centre and more than 900 parking spaces,

as well as a complex made up of three

20-storey residential towers with a total of

333 apartments. The value of the contract,

which does not include the foundations

and underground levels, is €70 million.

Handover is scheduled in July 2016.

This further success confirms VINCI

Construction Grands Projets as an operator

in Malaysia, where local developers

The mixed-use development will be built on the Kota Kinabalu seafront in northern Borneo.

appreciate the quality of the structures it

has completed and is currently building.

VINCI Construction Grands Projets is currently carrying out the Menara Hap Seng tower project in Kota Kinabalu under a designbuild

contract and is also operating in Kuala Lumpur with the current Berjaya Central Park residential and office complex, having

previously handed over the Berjaya Time Square shopping centre in 2003.

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Frei Otto receives the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Chicago, Illinois, USA – Frei Otto has received the 2015 Pritzker

Architecture Prize, Tom Pritzker. Mr Pritzker, Chairman and

President of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize,

said: “Our jury was clear that, in their view, Frei Otto’s career

is a model for generations of architects and his influence

will continue to be felt. The news of his passing is very sad,

unprecedented in the history of the prize. We are grateful that

the jury awarded him the prize while he was alive. Fortunately,

after the jury decision, representatives of the prize traveled to

Mr Otto’s home and were able to meet with Mr Otto to share the

news with him. At this year’s Pritzker Prize award ceremony in

Miami on May 15 we will celebrate his life and timeless work.

Mr Otto becomes the 40th laureate of the Pritzker Prize

and the second laureate from Germany. The Jury of the Pritzker

Architecture Prize selected Mr Otto as the laureate earlier this

year, and shortly thereafter the Executive Director of the prize

traveled to Otto’s home and studio in Warmbronn, Germany,

near Stuttgart, to deliver the news in person. Learning that

he had received the Pritzker Prize, Mr. Otto said: “I am now so

happy to receive this Pritzker Prize and I thank the jury and

the Pritzker family very much. I have never done anything to

gain this prize. My architectural drive was to design new types

of buildings to help poor people especially following natural

disasters and catastrophes. So what shall be better for me than

to win this prize? I will use whatever time is left to me to keep

doing what I have been doing, which is to help humanity. You

have here a happy man.”

Mr Otto practiced a holistic and collaborative approach

to architecture, working with environmentalists, biologists,

engineers, philosophers, historians, naturalists, artists, and other

architects. A distinguished teacher and author, Otto pioneered

the use of modern lightweight tent-like structures for many

uses. He was attracted to them partly for their economical and

ecological values. He believed in making efficient, responsible

use of materials, and that architecture should make a minimal

impact on the environment. Frei Otto was a utopian who never

stopped believing that architecture can make a better world

for all.

In contrast to the heavy, columned, stone and masonry

architecture preferred by the National Socialists in the Germany

in which he grew up – Otto’s work was lightweight, open to

nature and natural light, non-hierarchical, democratic, low-cost,

energy-efficient, and sometimes designed to be temporary. He

is best known for the roofing for the main sports facilities in

the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics (with

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Behnisch + Partner and others), for the German pavilion at

the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (Expo 67), the

Japan Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany (in 2000, with

Shigeru Ban (2014 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize)),

a series of tent structures for German Federal Exhibitions in the

1950’s, and for his work in the Middle East.

The Chair of the jury of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Lord

Peter Palumbo, said today: “Time waits for no man. If anyone

doubts this aphorism, the death yesterday of Frei Otto, a titan of

modern architecture, a few weeks short of his 90th birthday, and

a few short weeks before his receipt of the Pritzker Architecture

Prize in Miami in May, represents a sad and striking example of

this truism. His loss will be felt wherever the art of architecture

is practiced the world over, for he was a universal citizen; whilst

his influence will continue to gather momentum by those who

are aware of it, and equally, by those who are not.
“Frei stands for

Freedom, as free and as liberating as a bird in flight, swooping

and soaring in elegant and joyful arcs, unrestrained by the

dogma of the past, and as compelling in its economy of line

and in the improbability of its engineering as it is possible to

imagine, giving the marriage of form and function the invisibility

of the air we breathe, and the beauty we see in Nature.”

The distinguished jury that selected the 2015 Pritzker

Laureate consists of its chairman, Lord Palumbo, architectural

patron, Chairman Emeritus of the Trustees, Serpentine Galleries,

former Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, and former

Chairman of the Tate Gallery Foundation; Alejandro Aravena,

architect and Executive Director of Elemental in Santiago, Chile;

Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Washington, D.C.;

Yung Ho Chang, architect and educator, Beijing, The People’s

Republic of China; Kristin Feireiss, architecture curator, writer,

and editor, Berlin, Germany; Glenn Murcutt, architect and 2002

Pritzker Laureate, Sydney, Australia; Richard Rogers, architect

and 2007 Pritzker Laureate, London, United Kingdom; Benedetta

Tagliabue, architect and director of EMBT Miralles Tagliabue,

Barcelona, Spain; and Ratan N. Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata

Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, Mumbai, India.

Martha Thorne, Associate Dean for External Relations, IE School

of Architecture & Design, Madrid, Spain, is the Executive Director

of the Prize.

The 2015 award ceremony will be held in Miami Beach at the

New World Center, designed by 1989 Pritzker Prize Laureate Frank

Gehry, on 15 May 2015. This marks the first time the ceremony

will be in Miami, joining the culturally and historically significant

venues around the world. The ceremony will be streamed live

on PritzkerPrize.com, the website of the Pritzker Architecture


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Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. Photo by Mori Hidetaka, Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Lee Kuan Yew: The Chance Of A Lifetime

Q: You are certainly the key architect for the way Singapore

is today. A lot of developing cities want to know how we got

started. How did we get ourselves on the right footing?

A: I learnt from negative examples. Hong Kong has crowded, tall buildings,

you seldom get sunshine in the streets, no greenery. So that’s something

we must avoid. I also watched how the French cities did their underground

roads… and we had teams going out along the Equator to collect various

plants that will thrive in Singapore so we would have variety… We are

not the only city. There are thousands of other cities and we can see the

mistakes they have made. We can also see what they have done right.

Q: What do you think were the critical success factors for


A: First, you must have an efficient administration… It cannot be one-off.

It has to be regularly done and there must be an organisation or several

organisations that sees to this. We started rebuilding Singapore, and the

two big organisations were the Housing & Development Board (HDB), and

later on the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)… [In contrast, China

Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Photo: © MCI

faces problems with resettlement] because there is no special agency that

will build the new houses and coordinate it with the road builders and the

tree planters. I think URA and HDB, plus the Garden City Action Committee, played crucial roles.

Second, it must be a level playing field for all… You must have a society that people believe is fair. We have a heterogeneous

population – Chinese, Indians, Malays and others – so policy is colour-blind… A crucial thing is not to allow clever developers

to corner large pieces of land at critical areas, waiting for the development. We forestalled them to prevent exploitation of

fellow men. 1

Third, it must be corruption-free… The basis for that was a non-corrupt bureaucracy, especially the police, heavy penalties

for corruption, rigorous enforcement of the law. Today, people accept it as a fact – you’ve just got to obey the law…There are

no haphazard buildings, like in Bangkok, Jakarta or even Kuala Lumpur, where you’ve got two tall towers and then squatters

all around. There’s a definite plan, and we stuck with the plan. There is no corruption and nobody can deviate from the plans. A

building that is not in accordance with the plan cannot be allowed. Those were the basics, and that’s how we started.

46 Southeast Asia Building MAY-JUNE 2015



Policy makers from around the world are often intrigued by

Singapore’s transformation over the last half-century, much

of this under the helm of the citystate’s first Prime Minister,

Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities,

Dr Liu Thai Ker, spoke with Mr Lee on 31 Aug 2012. Looking

back, Mr Lee called the opportunity to redevelop the entire

city the “chance of a lifetime.” A Cambridge-trained lawyer,

Mr Lee became Prime Minister in 1959 at the age of 36. He

stepped down in 1990, but remained in cabinet until 2011

as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. Mr Lee continued to

be a Member of Parliament, in his original electoral ward of

Tanjong Pagar, until he passed away on 23 March 2015.”

"We are not the only city. There

are thousands of other cities and

we can see the mistakes they have

made. We can also see what they

have done right."

Q: Were there special opportunities that helped

Singapore to be developed?

A: We became a hub because of the convenience. For

shipping, you have to pass Singapore, it’s the southernmost

point [of continental Asia]… We were poor and we were

underdeveloped, so we had to work hard… The chance [to

industrialise] came with the British military withdrawal in

1971. They surrendered to us the land they were holding.

So we had the Bases Conversion Unit, with [former finance

minister] Hon Sui Sen as the head. He knew all about land

and we entrusted to him the work of planning, where to

build what on these vacant spaces.

Q: What were the key obstacles that you faced at

different stages?

A: The key obstacles were a lack of land, and the high

cost of compensation for coastal land. So we passed a law

that said that when government acquires coastal land, we

compensate without taking into account that it’s by the

seaside. 2

Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore.

Photo: © Marina Bay Sands


State land was sold with a condition that it be developed in a specified period, to discourage speculation.


The Foreshores Act was amended in 1964 to end compensation to landowners for their loss of sea frontage.

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Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Photo: © Gardens by the Bay

"Singapore must retain the sense of space. We’re going to build taller

buildings, but we can’t build them closely together."

The market was at an all-time low at that time and so

we acquired large tracts of land. They were lying fallow

– investors were waiting for the climate to change so they

could manipulate and sell it at a big price. We just acquired as

many large pieces of land as possible and claimed the right

to reclaim coastal areas… Jurong was a swamp, which we

reclaimed. I think there’s a picture of me and Hon Sui Sen in

Jurong and I was pointing towards it…

So the coastline changed and that accounts for Paya

Lebar. We abandoned Paya Lebar as the main airport in

favour of Changi, and with the East Coast Parkway you can

get from the airport to the city in 20 minutes. These are basic

infrastructures. Unless they are in place, it’s very difficult

to overcome the obstacles, so they must be in place early.

You must have the infrastructure right and that was made

possible because we reclaimed coastal land without paying

high compensation and so we had a brand-new airport, and a

brand-new East Coast Parkway.

Q: I feel that land acquisition is an example of our

very creative, farsighted, unconventional legal

system, which is one of the key factors to our success

story. 3 What would you say about that?

A: I anticipated these problems. At the low point [in the

property market], people gave up on Singapore and said,

“this place is going down the drain” and property prices went

down. So I pushed this legislation through. It’s probably

because of my legal background that I wanted to get the

legality of what we were doing properly entrenched, so that

it cannot be varied and changed for fickle reasons.

You’ve got to look ahead and forestall or preempt the

problems. I mean, if we did not introduce the Certificate of

Entitlement [a vehicle quota system, begun in 1990] at a time

when the public could not afford cars as much, you could not

do it now without a big row – because you can’t get people

to give up their cars. But we did it when the cars were few.

Today, it’s accepted as a fact. If you want the roads to be free,

you’ve got to pay for the right to use the road.

Q: What are your current concerns about the urban

development of Singapore?

A: I think the large influx of immigrants has disturbed the

population. But if you don’t bring in these people, at the rate

we’re reproducing ourselves, we will cease to exist in two

generations. So you’ve got to balance this rate of inflow and

the discomfort of seeing unfamiliar faces in crowded trains

and buses. So we must have the immigrants to keep the place

young, make the economy grow and look after the old. They

are willing to sacrifice and work hard, they want to succeed.

So they set the pace and the competition.

Q: In terms of urban development, what are you

most pleased with?

A: I’m pleased that we redeveloped the city when there was a

chance to do it. We knocked down Outram Prison in the west,

we started from Changi in the east and worked towards the

centre and rebuilt the whole city. And the big heritage sites in

the city, like Fullerton Building, we left those alone. That was

a chance of a lifetime.

Lee Kuan Yew on the ingredients of a good city:


Create a sense of safety, a sense of feeling comfortable in

this place. It is no use having good surroundings, if you are

afraid all the time. I went to New York’s Central Park, and you

felt unsafe… The police force must be effective, not visible.

We have Neighbourhood Police Posts – police who know the

people in that neighbourhood, so they know when strangers

come in. It is easier to prevent people from going to another

place where they are not recognised and committing crimes,

because if you are not from the neighbourhood and you come


The 1966 Land Acquisition Act lets government pay compensation for land it acquires based on current value and zoning. Landowners

may question the compensation value, but not the acquisition itself.

48 Southeast Asia Building MAY-JUNE 2015



"There must be a sense of equity, that everybody owns a part of the city."

in, you are noticed… Today, a woman can go jogging at three

o’clock in the morning, and she would not be raped. It is an

essential part of a liveable city.


I used to see bushes covered with soot. So I said follow

European emission standards. Lorries from Malaysia cannot

come in unless they comply with our pollution standards…

And consideration for neighbours – [avoid creating] noise,

burning joss papers and having ash floating all over the

place, upsetting people. Do not do to your neighbours what

you don’t want others to do to you… I went to Osaka and

I could smell chemical factories. I said no, we mustn’t allow

that. We are a small island; unless we protect ourselves by

placing the right industries in the right places – taking into

consideration the prevailing winds – we will despoil the city.

This could easily have become an unliveable city.


The city must move – transportation… I could see traffic

jamming up and making travel impossible. Bangkok was an

example where you had to have pot full of pee because you

may be stuck in the traffic for one or more hours. The way to

stop it is to limit the number of cars, so that they can flow at

least at 25 miles per hour, and to improve public transport.

We debated between buses and rail. I was in favour of buses

because it is cheaper. But we were convinced in the end that

although the cost would be high, [rail] will remove the traffic

from the roads and keep buses flowing.


Hong Kong has crowded, tall buildings, you seldom get

sunshine in the streets, no greenery… So I said alright, from

west to east and east to west, we’ll knock down the whole city

and rebuild it. Unlike Hong Kong, we spread out throughout

the island, so it’s not crowded and we’ve got the space for

greenery… For instance, while building the East Coast

Parkway, they were giving enough space for planting trees

along the side…Singapore must retain the sense of space.

We’re going to build taller buildings, but we can’t build them

closely together. There must be a sense of playing fields,

recreational areas for children and old people – a sense that

this is a full country with all the facilities which you expect of

a large country but in a confined space… That is a problem

which the present government must tackle – [deciding] how

much population we can bear.


We became a hub because of the convenience… For aircrafts,

it’s the efficiency of the airport and the interconnectivity. If

air passengers have to stopover, they prefer Singapore. We

have coaches to take them to see the city free of charge

and they can stay one or two days in convenient hotels near

the city. We made it comfortable and easy for the traveller

and you can have a shower at the airport...Most important

is connectivity. Many airlines fly to Singapore direct from

other cities – that gives us an enormous advantage. If they

move to Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta, then the headquarters of

these companies will move… We must make it attractive for

corporations that want to base here.


There must be a sense of equity, that everybody owns a part

of the city… I could see that wage-earners in Taipei and

South Korea did not own their homes, they had to pay heavy

rents. I aimed for a home for every family, so a large portion

of their salaries need not go into paying for rents. They own

it, an asset which will increase in value as the city grows… A

homeowner keeps the public space around his home clean.

The person who rents doesn’t care, he just looks after the

inside. So I said, let everybody own a home, their value goes

up if the place is clean and beautiful on the outside and

inside. We were asking people to get their sons to do National

Service, to learn to fight for the country. Unless you give them

a home, why should they be fighting?

Article source: ‘Urban Solutions’ No. 2, Centre for Liveable Cities (www.clc.gov.sg/documents/UrbanSolutionsIssue2.pdf)

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Sports Venues – Projects

Photo: Courtesy of Tekfen Construction

Baku National Stadium

The new 68,000-seat Baku National Stadium

has been designed to meet the highest

international standards for stadiums set by

the Union of European Football Associations & IAAF.

Located just off of Lake Boyukshor in Baku, Azerbaijan,

the 225,000-square-metre stadium, which was

completed in February 2015, is scheduled to host the

first ever European Games in June 2015. The Games

will be held between 12 and 28 June 2015.

Korea-based worldwide architectural and

construction management service provider, Heerim

Architects and Planners (CEO Young kyoon Jeong)

stated that Baku National Stadium is a multifunctional

venue designed to host athletics, football

and a wide range of non-sporting events and is

facilitating a gross capacity of 68,000 spectators as

well as 1,800 seat warm-up building.

Photo: Courtesy of Heerim Architects & Planners

Unique design features and inspiration

The façade design of the Baku National Stadium can be described in two words ‘fire’ and ‘wind’. Heerim explained that the fire,

symbol of Baku was adopted in contemporary design language. Heerim designed interpreting the Maiden Tower - cylindrical

shape of Azerbaijan monument, the 12th century UNESCO World Heritage-listed, the historical treasure as metaphor into modern

language. Heerim designed the exterior skin ETFE which is available for lighting performance. Two-layer ETFE pillow reinforced

with steel cable also enables to withstand strong winds in Baku. The Stadium is usually close to the elliptical geometry due to

containing 400 metres running track. The design in the form of a perfect circle (pure geometry) makes it unique and also boasts

of an elegantly designed curvaceous concourse spaces.

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Sports Venues – Projects


Photo: Courtesy of Tekfen Construction

Major challenges in design process

To precede design with design build / fast-track project according

to the scheduled construction period was very important with

this new icon in Baku. Dividing the circle (perfect circle) external

form (outer geometry) were repeated in 60 of the module

configuration was selected as the possible construction of a large

area in a short time this film (fabric) is also the choice of external


PC bowl design is one of the critical long lead times. During

construction-related phase, long lead item is one of the largest

PC bowl design item. In DD (Design development), PC (Precast

concrete) was designed in consultation with local manufacturers

so that inefficiency of PC manufacturing and errors in installation

were removed prior to production. This resulted that not only one

RFI came up.

In addition, all possibilities to reduce the period were

dissolved in design by considering constructability (build-ability)

to take the advice of the CM (Construction management) team in

Heerim in progress of every step of design.

International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti provided

structural design services for the stadium. To meet an aggressive

18-month design and build schedule, the project team performed

design and construction simultaneously. To maximise design

flexibility, the structural design used piled raft foundations,

a system more typical of high-rise buildings than stadiums. An

advanced modeling approach also supported the accelerated

schedule. The engineering team developed an automated design

routine to check beam and column reinforcement against seismic

code provisions, greatly speeding the design process. Precast

reinforced concrete, main and secondary steel structures were all

modeled using Tekla Structures 19.0 and full fabrication drawings

were delivered to fabrication facility in Turkey.

Photo: Courtesy of Heerim Architects & Planners

Sustainability and consideration for future use

Image: Courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti

Baku National Stadium has the geographical difficulties. The

Stadium is set on land fill site of petroleum production. It was difficult to determine the height of the appropriate ground level

because the groundwater is high due to the adjacent lake but the more earth work causes the longer construction period.

Moreover, in Baku, desert area, it is hard to obtain the soil. It was the big reason we had to adjust necessary amount of soil.

Approximate 600,000 square metres brown field area is remediated for reuse, removed possible contamination from industrial

activities and will be turning into park which includes green field. This effort has significantly meaningful in terms of sustainability.

Moreover, post event venue utility - how to use the stadium after event - can determine sustainability of building after all. As

mentioned above, the stadium will be utilised in a wide range of sports and non-sports event.

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Photo: Courtesy of Tekfen Construction

After the 2015 European Game, the stadium will have

potentials to host the Summer Olympic in the future, and

the park will be open to the public to enjoy the eco-friendly

lake and other natural features. The main stadium and the

auxiliary stadium will not only be used for sports events,

but also to host various cultural activities including music

concerts and more.

The ground floor will be transformed into a multicultural

complex with shopping malls and variety of cultural

and sports facilities to improve the public convenience

and the standard of living.Also, level 2 and level 4 suites

shall be used as business centres. With on-going and postevent

plans and contributing to the revitalisation of the

local economy, Baku National stadium shall continue its

role as the urban landmark, as well as, the multi-cultural

complex for the people of Baku. In addition, special efforts

were required to resolve the conflicts between the IAAF /

FIFA / UEFA requirements simultaneously considering the

changes as a football stadium.

Photo: Courtesy of Heerim Architects & Planners


Top: Satellite photo of site prior to development

Bottom: Site Plan

Photo Credit: Heerim architects and Planners

Project: Baku National Stadium

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Owner: SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic)

Architect: Heerim Architects & Planners

CEO: Young Kyoon Jeong

PIC: Namseung Cho

Design Team members: Eulkyeong Hong, Hyejung

Ryoo, Seungkyu Seo, Byeongsoo Kim, Myoungsoo Park,

Byungkee Kim, Sang-kyue Lee, Jayoung Lee, Byongchul

Song, Juchul Lee, Jaejun Lee, Hyundoug Joe, Panguk Park,

Hyojin Bae, Wongi Seo, Jihoon Yang, Minsung Kim and

Jihun Kim

Structure Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti

Main Contractor: TEKFEN Construction

Area: 225,000 square metres

Gross floor area: 496,000 square metres

Floor: 6 storeys

Completion: February 2015

Photos Courtesy: Tekfen Construction, Heerim Architects &

Planners and Thornton Tomasetti

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Margaret Court Arena Redevelopment Design

In the latest redevelopment phase at Melbourne and

Olympic Parks, home to the Australian Open Tennis

Tournament, Margaret Court Arena (MCA) has been given

a complete transformation to create the precinct’s third allweather


The design team, NH Architecture + Populous, was

appointed by Major Projects Victoria on behalf of the Victorian

Government to complete the $183 million redevelopment.

The project was completed late last year in time for the

2015 Australian Open. The new MCA includes an innovative

retractable roof, seating for 7,500 spectators and concourse

connectivity to the adjacent Rod Laver Arena.

A significant part of the challenge was to manage the

construction to enable Margaret Court Arena to be used

during the Australian Open each January during the three

year construction period. Furthermore the construction had

to minimise disruption to the adjacent Rod Laver Arena and

the 50+ events it hosts each year.

The primary function of the redeveloped Margaret

Court Arena will be to stage major matches of the Grand

Slam tournament, but the multi-purpose venue will also host

netball, basketball, major concerts and entertainment events.

Its operable roof is the fastest closing roof in Australia, able to

shut completely in less than five minutes enabling Margaret

Court to become a functional all-weather boutique venue for

a busy all year round schedule.

The bold roof design ensures the venue will create its

own identity signalling the beginning of a new chapter

in the development of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks

precinct. The “copper penny” colour of the metal roof has

been deliberately designed to complement the existing

architecture, particularly big brother next door, Rod Laver

Arena, but also to express Margaret Court Arena’s own

individuality. The colour and shape of the roof reflects

some of the traditional elements of Melbourne architecture,

particularly the sandstone, zinc and copper of buildings

along the Yarra River.

The roof’s innovative pleated profile reduces its

structural depth and importantly reduces the visual bulk of

the building. The pleated nature of the roof also provides the

flexibility to fold down to pedestrian level to provide weather

protection, particularly at venue entrances. Large roof

overhangs on all sides of the building provide shade to the

surrounding concourse and public realm, offering a respite

for patrons facing the hot summer sun which is often a part

of the Australian Open.

Photo: © Peter Glenane

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Photo: © Peter Glenane

The roof is one of the four key individual design elements

that have contributed to the overall architectural form; others

are the bowl, concourse and the undercroft. The result is a

cohesive architectural form conceived as a “container” where

the seating bowl becomes the key architectural expression

allowing concourse areas to be developed independently.

Large areas of glazing maximise views and expose the internal

architecture to passers-by.

The design and construction of Margaret Court Arena

has been determined not only by the demands of its busy

working precinct environment, but also by the physical

constraints of having neighbours on all sides which has

created additional challenges, particularly the phasing of


But the design team, NH Architecture + Populous,

believes this has ultimately provided a positive influence,

ensuring the team is both focused and exacting in the way

it has planned and executed the project. The court position

and seating bowl were already fixed, so a great deal of work

was undertaken in planning the building, particularly the replanning

of circulation networks for spectators and back of

house staff.

The project sets a new benchmark with its sustainability

initiatives. It is aiming to be the first LEED accredited sports

venue in Australia, so that it can be compared with other

similar global venues for ESD measures. Water consumption

has been carefully considered and sustainable strategies

adopted to reduce potable water consumption. Enabling

works have provided the infrastructure for rainwater

Photo: © Peter Glenane

harvesting and treatment facilities, which include a 4.5

millilitre storm water retention tank to capture rainwater from

the new roof. Preliminary calculations demonstrate an overall

reduction of 45 percent in water use against conventional

arena design water efficiency measures. The Arena’s

proximity to alternative public transportation minimizes the

need for onsite parking and sets aside more space for natural

areas thereby serving to reinforce the precinct’s unique park


Now complete and fully operational, Margaret Court

Arena is a significant step in the realisation of the Melbourne

and Olympic Parks Masterplan putting the precinct back at

the forefront of arena design.

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Over 16,000 square metres rubber floorings were laid in the

renovated “Gigante da Boa Vista” stadium in Fortaleza.

The Éstadio Governador Plácido Castelo stadium in Fortaleza was chosen as one of the 12 host stadiums for the FIFA 2014

World Cup and the 2013 Confederations Cup. The facility, also known as “Castelão” or “Gigante da Boa Vista”, was officially

inaugurated in 1973 and can host 67,037 people. In order to prepare for the World Cup events, the stadium underwent a

relevant renovation intervention.

The works lasted from 31 March 2011 till December 2012, when the facility was again opened to the public. The reconstruction

project involved the addition of a larger roof, the construction of an underground car park with 4,200 parking spaces, and a new

lower tier. On over 16,000 square metres of floorings in several areas (changing rooms and service areas), Mapei products were

used to repair and levelling the substrates, as well as for bonding new rubber floorings by Nora. ECO PRIM T solvent-free acrylic

primer with a very low emission level of volatile organic compounds (VOC) was used to treat the substrates, which were then

levelled with ULTRAPLAN ECO self levelling, ultra quick-hardening smoothing compound, with a very low emission level of VOC.

The Nora rubber covering was bonded with ULTRABOND ECO V4 SP FIBER multi-purpose, acrylic adhesive in water dispersion

with extended open time, improved by adding fibres, particularly suitable for laying rubber and PVC floorings. MAPECONTACT

reinforced adhesive strip was used for laying profiles, baseboards, covings and resilient and textile coatings on steps and on all

the areas where bonding had to be


Thanks to Mapei’s fast installation

system, the flooring contractor

was able to complete this large

project ahead of schedule and,

consequently, this was one of the

first stadiums to be ready for the

Confederations Cup in 2013.

For more information, e-mail


Article source: Realtá Mapei

International no. 50/2015

Mapei Products

Preparing the substrates:

Eco Prim T, Ultraplan Eco

Laying rubber floorings:

Ultrabond Eco V4 SP Fiber,


In these pages: Mapei products (ECO PRIM T, ULTRAPLAN ECO, MAPECONTACT and ULTRABOND ECO V4 SP) were used to prepare the

substrates and lay rubber floorings in the stadium.

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Project: Castelão Stadium,

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil

Year of Construction: 1973

Period of the Intervention:

March 2011 - December 2012

Intervention by Mapei: supplying products for treating the

substrates and laying rubber floorings

Project Design: Héctor Vigliecca

Contractor: Consórcio Arena Multiuso Castelão (Galvão

Engenharia S.A.; Serveng Civilsan S.A.; BWA Tecnologia LTDA.)

Laid Materials: rubber floors by Nora

Laying Company: Baueco

Mapei Co-ordinator: Nathaniel Woodhead, Mapei Brasil

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The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct.

New Perth Stadium has ‘fans first’ design

The multi-purpose 60,000 seat new Perth Stadium will be

a world-class venue when it is completed in 2018. The

commitment to a ‘fans first’ stadium has resulted in an

innovative design ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere

and home ground advantage that can only be experienced

by being there. The design acknowledges Western Australia’s

unique sporting, cultural and Aboriginal heritage and the

Sports Precinct landscape provides a spectacular vista across

the Swan River to the City.

Key design features

• A multi-purpose Stadium accommodating AFL, cricket

and entertainment events with drop-in seats adding

flexibility to host rugby union and league, and soccer

(football). Capability to host major events consistent with

requirements for Commonwealth Games and international


• Designed to increase the seating capacity within the

existing structure, adding up to 10,000 additional seats.

• The unique bronze façade uses anodized aluminium

which reflects WA’s unique geology by day and, using

state-of-the-art LED lighting, home team colours by night.

• The seating bowl maximizes the atmosphere, gives fans

exceptional views and brings them close to the action,

providing a special home ground advantage for our teams.

• The lightweight fabric roof covers 85 percent of seats and

responds to Perth’s climatic conditions. At night, it will

present a spectacular glowing halo effect.

• State-of-the-art team facilities include flexible and warmup

and recovery areas.

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct from eastern entry plaza.

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct from terrace.

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The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct from Stadium Station.

Stadium – key “fans first” features

• Future-proofed stadium technology will be provided,

including full 4G Wi-Fi coverage across the Stadium and

Sports Precinct.

• Two 240 square metres giant video screens are some of

the largest in Australia and will use the latest technology

when the Stadium opens in 2018.

• Over 1,000 TV screens are strategically located throughout

the interior of the Stadium so fans never miss the action.

• A Children’s Activity Zone within the Stadium.

• Fans will be able to utilize more than 70 food and

beverage outlets and still be able to view the action on

the field.

• A buffet and a la carte restaurant over-looking the Swan

River provide a destination for patrons both pre and postgame

plus on non-event days.

• The Stadium will include the widest range of seating

and hospitality options of any stadia in Australia.

• Cup holders are included in every seat and seat

themselves will be a minimum of 50cm wide,

maximising comfort for fans.

• Fans requiring higher levels of support and accessibility

have access to designated seating platforms across

all seating tiers, parking spaces within the Sports Precinct

and adult changing rooms that provide larger cubicles and

additional facilities.

Stadium Station – modern and vibrant

An integrated transport solution for the new Perth Stadium will

ensure the safe and efficient movement of 50,000, or 83 percent,

of a full capacity crowd within one hour of an event finishing. The

rail, bus and pedestrian strategy includes:

• a new six-platform Stadium Station to replace Belmont


• the Swan River pedestrian bridge

• Victoria Park Drive modifications

• special event bus stands at the Stadium and Nelson Avenue,

East Perth

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct in concert format.

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct in soccer format.

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Orlando Citrus

Bowl Reopens

Since opening its gates in 1936, the Orlando Citrus Bowl has welcomed millions of fans to countless sporting events and

concerts while serving as an iconic venue to an ever-growing Central Florida community. Generations of families have

brought their children to the stadium to soak in the energised atmosphere and share memories that will last a lifetime.

Through the years it has played host to diverse events including World Cup soccer, Olympic soccer, Orlando City soccer,

WrestleMania, Monster Jam, numerous Rock Superbowls and loads of college football bowl games. Exciting, yes, but there is still

more to come.

The Orlando Citrus Bowl will continue to host its signature annual events including the Florida Blue Florida Classic, Russell

Athletic Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and Monster Jam while being poised to attract new high-profile events like the

AutoNation Cure Bowl, neutral-site college football games, NFL preseason match-ups, big name concerts and more. Building on its

rich history and creating a vibrant future, the newly reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl will continue to bolster economic growth

and generate jobs for residents.

At a cost of $207.7 million, the massive reconstruction project completely demolished the stadium’s entire lower bowl, leaving

only the upper level stands remaining. Approximately 90 percent of the Orlando Citrus Bowl is all-new and was designed to

enhance the fan experience. All these enhancements and amenities will not only make the stadium competitive in today’s market

but will continue to ensure it remains the destination for memorable events and experiences in Central Florida. By modernising

the stadium it now provides the features promoters expect to help ensure their event is a success. The numerous upgrades will

better position the Orlando Citrus Bowl to attract high-profile events that previously wouldn’t have considered the stadium a

viable venue. Among the new features and enhanced amenities:

• Capacity of 65,000 for sporting events, 75,000 for non-sporting events

• 41,000 new lower bowl seats, each with chair backs and six additional inches of legroom

• Two wide concourses that connect throughout the whole stadium

• Vibrant open-air façade

• 20,000-square-foot plaza deck in the north end zone

• Multiple large-scale video displays

• Unique indoor and outdoor club spaces with seating to serve 6,000 patrons

• Improved mobile broadband throughout the stadium and wifi coverage in premium spaces

• Game day favorite concessions with healthy and gluten-free options

• New, larger team facilities and locker rooms with dedicated spaces for coaches, equipment, trainers, cheerleaders and officials

with an attached media room

Since the demolition on 29 January 2014, construction crews worked around the clock to have the stadium game ready in less

than 10 months. To accelerate construction, the lower bowl was comprised of pre-cast concrete which allowed for a majority of

the structures to be fabricated off-site, trucked in and put into place.

Although numerous companies played an active role in the demolition of the old structure and the reconstruction of the new

Orlando Citrus Bowl, four key organisations have been integral since the start of the planning stages through construction: SC

Advisors (owner’s representative), HNTB (design architect), Turner Construction (construction manager) and Hunt Construction

(project manager). Through their collective experience and skilled workforce, they were instrumental in making Central Florida’s

vision for a bigger, better and bolder stadium a reality.

This enormous project would not have been possible without years of planning, public input and community and tourism

industry partners. Now the Orlando Citrus Bowl is ready to usher in a new era, one that celebrates its historic past while embracing

the limitless possibilities of the future.

LEED certified: Environmentally friendly

The newly reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl is on track to be a LEED-certified stadium. The building includes such sustainable

design and construction elements as:

• More than 90 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills as a result of a comprehensive waste recycling


• Both the roof of the stadium and the hardscape areas around the building have been designed to minimise daytime heat

gain through the use of light-colored concrete in the plaza areas and reflective white roofing material on top of the stadium.

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• Water use outside the building has been reduced with the implementation of high-efficiency irrigation technology and native

plantings including trees, shrubs and ground cover that are tolerant to restricted water use. In addition, the palms surrounding

the site are semi-drought tolerant and are watered by individual bubblers that limit the area of water distribution.

• Inside the stadium, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures will reduce the water demand by more than 30 percent, resulting in a

projected water savings of more than 500,000 gallons per year.

• High-efficiency systems like the white roof, plumbing fixtures, HVAC units and light fixtures within the Orlando Citrus Bowl

stadium are designed to be more efficient than a comparable code compliant design, resulting in cost savings and reduced

energy use.

• Heating and air-condition systems were designed to provide increased thermal comfort for occupants through the

management of heat loss and gain.

• Recycled construction content and finish materials are being used where appropriate. For example, the existing pre-cast

concrete seating risers were crushed and reused at the site as fill.

• Locally-sourced materials and material suppliers are being used where economically viable, to reduce environmental impacts

associated with transporting building materials.

• Multiple bus lines within close proximity to the site provide alternate access to events over driving and promote alternative

transportation usage.

Stadium Features:

• Wider seats with chair backs in the newly constructed lower bowl

• 360-degree concourses on two levels of the stadium

• Main Field Level concourse between 40-60 feet wide, more than double the previous concourse

• Three video displays and two sideline ribbon boards

covering more than 8,654 square feet


• Wide variety and expanded food and beverage options

• ADA accessibility for up to 824 patrons on the Field Level

and Plaza Level

• 20,000-square-foot Plaza Deck

• 66 restrooms located throughout the stadium

• Eight elevators and eight escalators

• Improved concessions with approximately one point of

sale system for every 302 spectators

• All back-of-house facilities located together in the south

end of the stadium

• Symmetrical team facilities featuring locker rooms for

players, coaches and cheerleaders, training rooms and

equipment rooms

• Media interview room with direct access from locker rooms

• New kitchen facilities throughout the building with four

loading docks

• 8,000 square feet of office space for Orlando Venues


Project: Orlando Citrus Bowl

Location: Church Street (North), Rio Grande Avenue (East),

Citrus Bowl Place (South) and South Tampa Avenue (West)

Owner and Operator: City of Orlando

Primary Tenant: Florida Citrus Sports

Design Architect: HNTB

Local Architects: Rhodes+Brito

Construction Manager: Turner Construction

Project Manager: Hunt Construction

Graphics Designer: RLR Associates, Mari Frith Associates,


Re-Opened: 19 November 2014

Cost: $207.7 Million

Functions: NFL, Collegiate and High School Football;

Major League Soccer; Monster Jam (Motor Sports) and


Site Acreage: 15 acres

Number of Levels: Four: Field Level, Plaza Level, Suite

Level and Terrace Level

Square Footage: 814,272 square feet

Seating Capacity: 65,000 for sporting events, 70,000 for

non-sporting events

Sustainable Design: Anticipated LEED Certification:

Sustainable building design in various categories,

including a sustainable site; water efficiency; energy

optimisation; materials and resource conservation; indoor

environmental quality and health; and environmentally

preferred operations and maintenance

Technology: Equipped with a new state-of-the-art video

display system featuring next-generation outdoor LED

displays designed by ANC Sports Enterprises.

MWBE Participation: Achieved 36 percent MWBE

participation, above the benchmark of 30 percent set by

the project team and the 24 percent goal required by the

City of Orlando through the BLUEPRINT initiative.

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Melbourne Cricket Club to take stadium

technology to new levels

Overview of MCC. Photo: © Melbourne Cricket Club

Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has unveiled plans to

turn Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) into one of

Australia’s most technically advanced and connected

stadiums for fans, members and stakeholders.

In conjunction with partners Cockram, IBM and Cisco,

the MCC announced that it will progressively deliver a range

of technology infrastructure during 2015.

The solution will connect fans and improve the spectator

experience, bringing them closer to the action as it happens.

It includes:

• A super-fast, secure, high-density WiFi network in and

around the stadium, allowing fans to access real-time

and interactive content and to engage with other fans.

• A state-of-the-art exterior LED lighting system that will

enhance the visual appearance of the MCG and allow

teams/clubs to personalise and theme the stadium for

their fans.

• A best-of-breed Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)

system to deliver digital content to high-definition

displays throughout the MCG, displaying information as

it happens.

• Best-in-class facilities for media and broadcasters that

will enable faster supply of event content to fans around

the world.

The works are the next phase in a $45 million investment

by the MCC, which has already delivered the two largest, highdefinition

scoreboards in Australia and the next generation of

high-definition television production facilities.

The project will deliver a cutting-edge, high-density

WiFi network inside the MCG, allowing fans, members and

stakeholders fast access to the Internet on any device at the


The IPTV solution will see installation of 800 highdefinition

screens. Fans will be able to watch high-definition

replays and keep track of the action as it unfolds. Coupled

with existing screens, a total of 2,800 televisions around the

stadium will mean that fans won’t miss a moment.

“I am delighted that the MCG will soon be one of the most

connected stadiums in the country,” said MCC CEO Stephen

Gough. “This is a significant investment to improve and

personalise the MCG customer experience and also operate a

more efficient stadium,” he added.

One of the central pillars of the MCG technology

improvements surrounds the ability to theme the stadium in

the colours of the home team. Approximately 240 LED lamps

will light the entire underside of the upper area of Level 4

seating, enabling the exterior of the stadium to be lit up

in team/club colours, allowing AFL and cricket tenants to

differentiate their home matches.

LED strip lighting will also be installed on the exterior

façade to highlight the stadium, including gate entrances.

Improved external digital way finding signage will be provided

in Yarra Park.

The MCC has assessed a number of the world’s best

stadiums to find a solution with the fans’ best interests in

mind. Some of these venues include Dallas Stadium, Metlife

Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Citifield, AT&T Park, Levi’s Stadium,

Emirates Stadium, Staples Centre and Barcelona’s Camp Nou

and Wembley Stadium.

“We have witnessed new technologies in action elsewhere

and we want to ensure the MCG remains one of the greatest

stadiums in the world,” said Mr Gough. “We look forward to

delivering a critical piece of technology infrastructure for the

most iconic sporting stadium in the country,” said Cockram

Managing Director, Malcolm Batten.

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IPTV screens. Photo: © Melbourne Cricket Club IPTV screens at the MCC. Photo: © Melbourne Cricket Club

MCC appointed IBM as head technical contractor to design,

evaluate technology options and implement the selected

solution to further enable the delivery of fan engagement


“The technology solution IBM has designed and is

implementing will deliver the foundational backbone for

MCC to future proof Australia’s premier, world-renowned

stadium. This work will enable MCC to take advantage of the

latest mobile, social and analytics technologies. It will create

unrivalled and personalised in-stadium fan engagement

and ensure premier game day experiences, giving fans more

reasons to visit more often,” said Catherine Caruana-McManus,

Director IBM Smarter Cities Australia.

“IBM’s expertise in delivering world leading innovation

and digital solutions for sport and entertainment industries

will deliver new commercial possibilities and attract more

world-class events to the MCG. IBM is excited to partner with

MCC on this transformation journey.”

Cisco Systems director, Jonathon Dixon, said: “The MCG is

an iconic global sporting venue, and the MCC is transforming

the stadium into one of the most technologically advanced

in the world with the help of Cisco Sports & Entertainment


“We believe that as the Internet of Everything connects

more people, processes, data and things, the fan experience

will become more immersive, customised and engaging,” said

Mr Dixon. “We are thrilled to be working with leaders like the

MCC and IBM on this project.”

Exterior lighting at the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC). Photo: © Melbourne Cricket Club

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Avatar Seating ready for another international

sports event: Qatar 2015 IHF Handball World


Daplast has supplied Avatar Seating for the

brand new Qatar Handball Association

Complex Arena, at Doha, Qatar, that hosted

the Qatar 2015 Men’s Handball World Championship.

More than 5,500 arena seats have been installed

at the grandstands of this spectacular sports

arena, designed and constructed in less than 15


The Qatar Handball Association Complex

was inaugurated in September 2014 to celebrate

the International Championship Handball Super

Globe 2014, at which FC Barcelona Handball team

revalidated its title of Champion.

The Avatar seats, installed at this arena in

partnership with Elan Inventa, provide flexibility to

adapt the seating capacity. This is due to the metallic

rail, the seats can be displaced along it, changing the

distance between seats at convenience.

For more information, visit www.daplast.com.

Photo: © Stadionwelt

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Boflex Stadium has winning advantages

BOEN Maple Can. Boflex Stadium Sportfloor.

Shimano Cycling World, 6 Stadium Walk,


BOEN Maple Can. Boflex Stadium Sportfloor.

Clubhouse at Dawning Views, Fanling, Hong Kong

BOEN Merbau Boflex Stadium Sportfloor.

Physical Fitness Centre, Concord Square,

Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

The floor is the most important part of any sports facility –

every activity is linked to the floor. This is why the choice

of the floor is so important. The question is whether

there is a sports floor that suits all the various activities?

BOEN Sport offers many different solutions for area-elastic

sports floors. Some are perfect for aerobic and volleyball, others

for basketball, handball, squash or tennis. Additional activities

that may need to be considered include e.g. exhibitions,

concerts and dancing. Boflex construction welcomes them all.

The raw materials processed at BOEN come from

sustainable forests. Above that, the BOEN factories have

implemented a chain of custody system in accordance with

the FSC standards. The Forest Stewardship Council is a

well known forest certification scheme. BOEN FSC license

numbers are: BOEN Norway FSC C051117, BOEN Germany

FSC C101713, BOEN Lithuania FSC C021510, BOEN UK

FSC C047288, BOEN US FSC C095158. FSC – The mark of

responsible forestry, www.fsc.org. The majority of BOEN Sport

floors can be delivered with FSC Mix certified. The German Blue

Angel label has been awarded to BOEN confirming that our

manufacturing methods produce minimal amounts of waste

gas and consequently contribute to a good interior climate.

BOEN Sport has specialised in area elastic sport floors

because they are suitable for all kinds of indoor sports and

multipurpose usage. The company’s target is to develop

solutions that lead to the best performance in a variety

of sports. The European Standard EN14904 specifies the

requirements for surfaces of sports floors for multisports

use. All BOEN sports floors meet the demands of the five test

elements within EN14904.

Boflex Stadium

Boflex Stadium is an area-elastic floor for sports and

multipurpose usage. Boflex Stadium is the company’s most

popular hardwood floor because of its comfort, flexibility

and performance. Boflex Champion is a sub-construction

in plywood where a variety of synthetic surfaces can be laid

on the surface, such as PVC, Linoleum, Polyurethane and

others. Boflex Sport Flooring is tested by SINTEF (formerly

The Norwegian Building Research Institute) and is patented

in several countries. The tests show that Boflex surpasses

all its rivals when it comes to shock-absorption. The built-in

shock- absorption is equally suitable for childrens’ games and

activities as it is for tackling the weight of heavy grandstands.

Progressive shock absorption

The patented Boflex system has a built-in shock absorption

material and the construction can withstand an almost

unlimited load. Evazote 50 (etylen-vinyl-acetat) is a crosslinked,

closed cell system (layers not laid parallel). Evazote 50

is manufactured without the use of environmentally hazardous

gases. Due to the special construction the material can never

be compressed more than 50 percent, which means a Boflex

floor can never be overloaded.

Easy, fast and secure installation

Boflex can be installed directly on top of the existing floor

or sub-floor. The sub-floor must be stable, self-supporting

and level. The maximum permitted deviation is 2mm per 2

metre radius. BOEN Sport has developed special installation

equipment that ensures the correct application of adhesive

and effective installation of the floor. Experience shows that a

sports complex of approximately 1,000 square metres can be

installed in 4-5 days by 3 persons.


Due to its extremely low building height it is well suited for

renovation purposes. The Boflex system works very well when

installed on old sports flooring, whether it be point or surface


Boflex Stadium is available from Equal Limited (Hong

Kong), BOEN Sport’s distributor in Hong Kong. Equal

Limited will be setting up a company called Equal Plus

Pte Ltd in Singapore to be an exclusive flooring agent for

BOEN. For further information, visit www.boen.com or


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Sports Venues – Applications

A new LED Arena Pro-Court light from Ephesus

Lighting for professional and college basketball

Ephesus Lighting, a leader in high-output LED

lighting in sports and entertainment venues,

announced that its newest product innovation,

the Ephesus Arena Pro-Court, offers multi-purpose

basketball venues a single lighting system capable

of meeting the stringent and diverse lighting

requirements of professional and major college


“There is a major distinction in the quality of

lighting requirements for pro and college basketball

venues. We now have a product that focuses on

improving the player performance, increasing fan

experience, and exceeding HDTV broadcasting

requirements for both professional and collegiate

basketball,” said Joe Casper, CTO of Ephesus Lighting.

“We engineered the Ephesus Arena Pro-Court

specifically to provide a quality solution where

adjusting the spectrum of light will significantly

improve HDTV broadcasting quality and provide a

The Ephesus Arena Pro-Court light.

solution for multi-purpose sporting venues,” said Joe.

The Ephesus Arena Pro-Court light is the only LED sports lighting solution with full light spectrum and colour

temperature tuning capability. This patent-pending technology enables the system to adjust a specific spectrum of light

for HDTV broadcasts and also adjust the colour temperature of the light to meet a range of “warmer” lighting required by

professional and college basketball.

The innovation also allows venues to tune the light quality and at the same time maintain constant light levels on the

playing surface. Previously, facilities needed to install multiple sets of lights to achieve similar results.

The improved colour rendering and tunable colour spectrum were designed into this new product specifically to match

the needs of HDTV broadcast cameras and provide an enhanced brilliance of colours matched only by the sun.

The new Ephesus Arena Pro-Court also provides more precise optical control allowing for the dramatic light cutoff

between the court and the stands as per pro basketball lighting guidelines. Additionally the Arena Pro-Court light includes

the same patented glare-free technology as the Ephesus Arena Sports Series.

The new system is fully HDTV compliant with zero flicker technology allowing up to 2,500 frames per second super slowmotion

recording. Ephesus’military-driven design technology results in ultra-low EMI, which eliminates interference with

arena communications systems with increased bandwidth.

“This year LED sports lighting has proved to be ready for primetime as we illuminated venues that broadcast events

by every major sports network. From championship professional football games to college events our LED sports solutions

exceeded expectations,” said Mike Lorenz, President of Ephesus Lighting. “As more facilities look to make the switch to LED,

it’s imperative upon us to continue to broaden our product line to provide solutions for the different needs of venues.”

Ephesus fixtures provide a significant increase in illumination compared to traditional metal halide lights. LED lighting

is brighter and more uniform modeling of light on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players as well as for both

fans in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television.

Additionally, LED lights can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch, whereas metal halide fixtures require a

20-minute warm-up period. This on/off feature also allows facility operators to create projection light shows for fan

entertainment, and if a power outage were ever to cause a blackout, Ephesus LED lights can be turned back on immediately

with the flick of a switch.

Since lighting the first sports venue with LED technology in North America in 2012, Ephesus Lighting luminaires have

been operational for over 300,000 hours in more than 100 indoor and outdoor sports and entertainment venues across North

America including: University of Phoenix Stadium, the home field of the NFL Arizona Cardinals; the Canadian Tire Centre,

home ice of the NHL Ottawa Senators; and Duke University.

For more information, visit www.ephesuslighting.com.

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Entertainment Outlets – Projects

KU DÉ TA Bangkok

Opened in 2013, KU DÉ TA Bangkok houses two world class dining rooms, an electrifying nightclub and two unique themed

bar. Situated at the heart of Sathorn, in the iconic Sathorn Square building; the venue has been uniquely conceptualised,

energetically designed, and meticulously crafted. Every venue and event at KU DÉ TA is a collaboration of cutting-edge

visionaries in entertainment, architecture, cuisine, fashion, and art, synergised with an understanding of local culture.

A dining revolution

KU DÉ TA Bangkok boasts two exciting, world-class dining experiences, called Signature and Izakaya, both offering an extensive

array of cuisines to satisfy the culturally diverse Bangkok audience.


Signature is exactly what the name implies; it is

KU DE TA’s showpiece restaurant and the multisensory,

epicurean entrance into the world of KU

DÉ TA. Occupying the prime and generous space

at the front of the 39th floor, Signature introduces

its guests to the unique aspects of the KU DÉ TA

experience: elegant banquettes, and a panoramic

view of the Bangkok skyline.

Executive Chef Jonathan Maza has crafted a

Modern Asian dining experience that has roots

in Japanese cooking but which boldly explores

ingredients and techniques from different regions

throughout Asia. His food is complemented by an

extensive new-world inspired wine list, rare sakes

and Japanese cocktails.

Executive Chef Jonathan Maza, KU DÉ TA

Bangkok said: “Our concept for Signature was to

trace our roots back to Japan, where much of our

inspiration lies, but to plant our feet throughout the Asian-Pacific region. By carefully blending the distinct, regional flavour

profiles of various Asian cuisines, we create something entirely new yet assuringly familiar. Every product, every ingredient,

every method, and every dish has an essence, a soul, which must come through in the end. At Signature, we pay homage to our

inspirations, and preserve cultures even as we blend them.”


Located on the 39th floor, the word

Izakaya comes from the long-standing

Japanese tradition of lively, rustic

eateries with a vibrant and friendly

atmosphere. KU DÉ TA’s take on the

concept begins with the same values of

comfort, relaxation, and time-honoured

methods of Robotayaki charcoal grillfire

cooking, and elevates it with an

open kitchen, the freshest imported

fish, and premium Japanese beer on

tap, along with a comprehensive sake


Executive Chef Jonathan Maza, KU

DÉ TA Bangkok said: “Our concept was

always to preserve not just the flavours

and distinct ingredients of traditional Japanese comfort food, but to find a way to capture the comfort of eating in an old Japanese

social setting. Some of that is achieved with atmosphere, like our artisanal plate ware from Aichi prefecture. But the essence comes

from the way we select and assemble ingredients; a certain authentic Japanese way of cooking that comes through in presentation

and taste, evoking nostalgia for old-style dining.”

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Entertainment Outlets – Projects


Two distinct themed bars and an electrifying club supported by Nordic Bar Syndicate ready to house Bangkok’s movers and


Ku Bar

Make a toast to the new Asian

Century at KU DÉ TA’s Japanesethemed

Ku Bar. Located between

Izakaya and Signature restaurants,

Ku Bar is the perfect place to arrange

to meet friends before dinner or

clubbing, as it combines a crossroads

location with some of Bangkok’s

most innovative cocktails. With a

focus on Japanese spirits and Asian

ingredients, the Ku cocktail menu

takes you to new worlds of layered

taste sensations, while providing

access to Izakaya’s food menu as well.


Overlooking the 39th floor Club Lounge below,

Aviary is the social extension of the Club Lounge.

Flight-themed and architecturally crafted to

appear as if it’s floating above the main dance

floor, the Aviary is perhaps the most exciting of

all of KU DÉ TA’s spaces. Exclusive to members

and special invited guests, the Aviary will serve

experimental cocktails that are available nowhere

else on earth. Seeing and being seen will be

forever redefined by the Aviary’s combination of

design, décor, and amenities.

Electrifying Club

More than the centrepiece, the Club and

Lounge, located on level 39, is KU DÉ TA’s

centre of gravity. A truly awesome dance

club experience doesn’t happen by accident,

and every aspect of the Club and Lounge

layout is carefully designed to maximise the

social atmosphere and amplify the sensory

experience of hi-fidelity DJ music immersion.

It’s more than just Bangkok’s first state

of the art Madrix lighting system. It’s more

than the JBL Marquis’ ultra-high performance

club sound system. The Club and Lounge is a

temple of dance by design. Multi-level dance

platforms integrate seamlessly with seating

banquettes and stairways, shattering the

invisible boundaries between club patrons

and letting everyone choose a personal

balance of seeing and being seen.

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Entertainment Outlets – Applications

DISCO 360° - Small waterproof IP65 brushed

stainless steel/brass semi-recessed round LED wall


For discotheques, BEL

Lighting has manufactured

a small waterproof IP65

brushed stainless steel/brass

semi-recessed round LED wall

lamp called DISCO 360°. The

product fits discreetly into

your walls and creates a good

atmosphere in any room in

your home. A Plexiglas mat is

proposed for a diffuse light and

a clear Plexiglas for a sun effect.

This product impresses with

its technical quality and finish.

Manufactured by machining

process, it uses the latest LED

technology. Installed by itself

or in groups, this luminary is

an attractive solution for many

indoor lighting applications. For

more information, visit www.


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Playground Equipment (Dry)

Dulwich College students in top shape

Dulwich College (Singapore) became the first British

independent school to open in Singapore in August

2014. Dulwich College will eventually have the capacity

for 2,500 students who will enjoy a wide range of facilities and

resources. At Dulwich College (Singapore) children always come

first. The College strives to offer a friendly, intimate and studentcentred

learning environment. An inviting collective space is

essential to a healthy living and learning environment. The zone,

where three playgrounds are located, is enclosed by the new

classrooms and buildings. The zone is dotted with ‘free forms’;

little hills and blobs which are either grassy, planted with lush

trees or playgrounds.

The free forms of the playground are surrounded by safetysurface

(EPDM), artificial grass and sand creating a soft, playable

layer, which seamlessly borders the pavement. The area contains

three different play zones: an active play area for children aged 6-12 and a combined play zone for toddlers and preschool children.

The third play area is located in a courtyard and cosy community zone and an exploring/educational zone for young children and

toddlers. When passing through, one can experience all zones. All the playground equipment are of high quality, supplied by

Playpoint (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

Zone 1

Very young children between the ages of 2-5 years old start developing their senses and motor skills. They play alone, in continuous

repetition. Their sense of touch is developing every day making the child able to do more and more refined tasks. When toddlers

start developing their language, they are able to play together and learn from each other. The zone is equipped with trampoline,

embankment slides, stepping pods, spinners, hammocks, crawl tunnels, telephone tubes and sand which makes it a conducive

environment for children to mingle and interact socially.

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Zone 2 – Amoeba

This ‘active play’ zone aims at 6-12-years-old children that

are becoming more active in their play. They move a lot,

developing strength and motor skills. They communicate

with each other and play fantasy-games and role-play, and

their play is constructive. A three dimensional climbing hill

(‘amoeba’) with sand play and netting creates an adventurous

climbing experience for the children enabling them to use

their motor skills and spatial awareness.

Zone 3 – Treehouse

This Treehouse is designed for 6-12-years-old children.

Its position in the courtyard gives it a shaded, enclosed

atmosphere. Children can have fun running, hiding, climbing

and sliding down the slides or crossing the jungle bridges.

It helps in developing their upper and lower body strength

and endurance. Fantasy games and role play are essential, but

when they get older they also like to hang out in little groups.

For more information, contact Playpoint (Singapore) Pte Ltd at tel (+65) 6398 1558, fax (+65) 6398 1559, e-mail

info@playpoint.com.sg or visit www.playpoint.asia.

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Playground Equipment (Dry)

International Play Company creates a

Cool playground concept

International Play Company recently designed,

manufactured and installed an indoor playground and

toddler play area for Cool De Sac in Singapore.

Cool De Sac is a children’s entertainment play centre

and a bistro that is not only built for children, but also for

parents. Parents can enjoy quality time with each other

while their children are actively engaged in a wide variety

of educational play stations.

The design of the playground by International Play

Company has a 3 lane wave slide, themed murals, service

gate, landing pads, raised ADA entrance with grab bars,

soft moonwalk climb which goes to level 2, soft stumps

with ring handles above, soft triangle step climbs to level

2, air filled bumper balls. The toddler area has Toddler

Climb & Slide, play panels on the walls, soft blocks,

octagon ball pool, tic-tac-toe puzzle, soft whale double


The large and secure zone play area is for kids aged

3 to 12 to stay active and fit while having fun with all the

exciting slides and tunnels. The Toddler area is perfect for

kids under the age of three. Crawling babies and toddlers

can enjoy playing toys while improving their hand-eye


International Play Company is a North American

company which makes indoor and outdoor playground

equipment structures which are ‘safe’ and ‘fun’ for the

whole family. To date, the company has completed

over 2,600 installations worldwide. In December 2014,

International Play Company won a prestigious BC Export

Award in the category of Manufactured Products. The BC

Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and

honours them for their excellence and achievements in

12 categories, including ten directed at firms and two at Renderings: © International Play Company

individuals. The Awards are presented by the Government

of British Columbia and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters with support from annual sponsors. It is the oldest

awards ceremony of its kind in Canada.

For more information, visit www.internationalplayco.com.

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LANDSCAPING Playground Equipment (Dry) – Interview

Creating Imaginative, Customized

Play Experiences: Interview with Matt

Miller, CEO of Playworld Systems

Matt Miller, CEO of Playworld Systems, gives us a

fascinating insight on how much playground equipment

design has changed over the years, the company’s

success and contribution to the playground industry

and the trends shaping future designs.

Q: Can you briefly describe to me the history of


A: The company began in 1952 as QE Manufacturing Company,

a family-owned producer of precision machine parts. Seven

years later, the company entered the playground industry as a

supplier of high-quality products for other companies. As the

organisation’s reputation as a superior supplier grew, so did

the demand in both the playground and recreational markets.

To meet these needs, the company introduced its own brand of

commercial playground products in 1971 under the company

name Playworld Systems. In January 1999, Playworld moved to

its current corporate headquarters in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

The company is a leader in creating imaginative, customised

commercial playground and fitness equipment. For decades,

Playworld has positively impacted the health and wellbeing of

communities around the globe.

Q: What is it like working at a playground company?

A: At Playworld, we’re all about getting children outdoors

and active. We want children in touch with nature, in an

environment that’s free of constraints, to discover their

physical, social, and emotional well-being. We really believe

that play is not a luxury. Play is powerful. Every day we’re

working to save play. As a family-owned business, our

reputation is our personal signature. The overall customer

experience is at the heart of what we do. Every Playworld

playground is backed by a devoted customer support team

to keep play alive and well in communities around the world.

We’re committed to premiere service and support before,

during and after a customer purchases our equipment to help

play thrive throughout the world.

Q: What is your role as the CEO of Playworld Systems

and what are some of the greatest challenges that

you have faced?

A: One of the greatest challenges that I face as CEO is working

to save unstructured outdoor play in today’s society. As CEO of

Playworld, I’m responsible for ensuring that today’s children

grow up having the same fond memories of play that I did as

a child. For me, it resonates with the memory of coming home

from school, putting on old jeans, and taking off on my bike

to discover new adventures. I’ve never outgrown the thrill

and awe of the power of play. All of us at Playworld work to

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Playground Equipment (Dry) – Interview


Unity Collection

Unity Rushmore

Unity Dome

Unity Teeter Tunnel

Unity Slide Climber

Unity Canopy

Unity Steppers

create meaningful unstructured play opportunities for today’s

children. We’re not just making playground equipment. We’re

in the kid-empowering, confidence-building, friendshipmaking,

health-promoting, and community-strengthening


Q: How much have playground equipment changed

over the past five years, in terms of colour, materials,

shape and size?

A: At Playworld, we continuously develop new products that

marry exceptional design with unprecedented play value.

Equipment in our new Unity Collection inspires meaningful

and relevant play experiences for children of all ages and

abilities. The freestanding products form a decentralized

playground layout, which allows children to move around,

explore and discover new ways to play. For example, the

Unity Dome takes the decades old geodesic dome and makes

it meaningful and relevant to 21st century children. Unity is

made up of various sized circles to move through and hang

from, odd shaped openings add access to the centre of it

all where there is a special rope climbing feature. Rhythmic

play activities create a ‘music circle’ and bring variation to

the perimeter, allowing everyone to be in, on, and around

the Unity dome. The structure provides everything needed

in a climber with a multitude of challenges to increase

strength, agility and movement planning for children of all

abilities ages 5-12. Unity is also a great place to gather, gain

perspective from a different vantage point, and play.

Q: What role has technology played in the design of

playground equipment?

A: Bringing technology onto the playground is just one of

the many ways the company has re-imagined play spaces

for the 21st century. Innovative product lines such as NEOS

incorporate technology into the playground like never before.

The electronic play equipment blends the exhilarating and

heart-pumping excitement of video games with the aerobic

rush of outdoor fun. The multi-generational, family-owned

company creates playground equipment that engages and

interacts with today’s tech-savvy child.

Q: What strategy does Playworld Systems use when

designing its playground equipment?

A: At Playworld, we believe truly great outdoor play

environments are for everyone. We design our inclusive

playgrounds with guidance from child development experts

who understand that kids with disabilities or who are on the

autism spectrum need just as much playtime as those who

develop typically – or those who develop typically but have a

caregiver with a disability.

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LANDSCAPING Playground Equipment (Dry) – Interview

In fact, our Inclusive Play Design Guide was created by a

group of playground and child development experts as an

inspirational and educational resource to help implement

great outdoor play environments for everyone. Everyone

means typically-developing children, children on the autism

spectrum, children who have a cognitive disability, and those

who use a mobility device.

Everyone means all the people in the family, not just the

children. The issue is much larger. The design of playgrounds

and surrounding environments in almost every community

prevents parents and grandparents with disabilities, including

injured veterans, from taking typically developing children


Q: How does the company strike a balance between

aesthetics, fun, and safety in its play equipment?

A: For more than 40 years, Playworld has been a leader in

creating imaginative, customized play experiences that

positively impact the health and well-being of communities

around the globe. Playworld’s products are built to last,

with premium materials that are playground-tough and

environmentally safe. Playworld equipment is known for

its exceptional craftsmanship and commitment to quality.

Together they allow us to deliver long-lasting and lowmaintenance


Q: These days, sustainability is becoming a major

element in playground design. How “green” is

your playground equipment or how much recycled

content do you use in your playground equipment?

A: Playworld has invested significant resources to take genuine

steps to protect the environment for future generations. We

understand that playgrounds and fitness equipment should not

only be inclusive and well-constructed, but they should also be

safe for future generations. That is why we eliminated 99.999

percent of dangerous polyvinyl chlorides (PVCs) from our play

equipment. We are also the only playground manufacturer to

pass a rigorous, comprehensive certification process that tests

products for potentially harmful effects on our customers and

our planet.

We are the first and only playground equipment

manufacturer to have products Cradle to Cradle Certified (cm)

Silver. This is a rigorous and comprehensive environmental

Inclusive Playground at Canberra Park, Singapore installed by CT-Art


Playworld Systems' corporate headquarters in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

certification system that evaluates products and materials for

their impact on human and environmental health and assures

recyclability of our products after their usable life.

Q: What are your company’s goals for the next five


A: At Playworld, we’re committed to designing and launching

new products that will keep kids of all ages and abilities on the

playground for years to come. Our goals for the next five years

involve getting children of all ages and abilities playing at the

last sacred space for kids: the playground. Through innovative

design, research and customer support we believe we can

meet this goal.

Q: What trends in playground design can we expect

to see over the next five years?

A: Over the next five years we expect to see an increase in the

amount of themed playground equipment available. To keep

today’s children engaged and interested in the playground,

equipment must evolve to compete with the many devices

vying for kids’ attention.

We’re also seeing an increase in the number of playgrounds

that continue their themes into the surfacing through designs

poured into the surfacing material. Doing so adds to the

overall theme of a play space. For instance, you could build

a playground sitting on an island by using brown poured in

place, surrounded by blue poured in place to mimic water.

This technique works especially well when themes are mixed,

such as a nautical-themed ship “docked” to a nature-themed

playground sitting on an island.

Lastly, sculpture play is a trend that we predict will be

popular in the future. We are seeing more play structures that

blur the lines between art / design and playground equipment,

particularly in urban areas.

Playworld Systems is distributed in Singapore through CT-

Art Creation Pte Ltd. For more information, tel (+65) 6762

9891, fax (+65) 6762 7980, or email enquiry@ctart.com.sg.

You can also visit the websites www.ctart.com.sg or http://


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Playground Equipment (Dry)

The Orange Monster – An iconic

custom playground in Arizona

Photo: © Luke Pierzina, Aerial Raiders and AerialRaiders.com

The city of Mesa Arizona is a community of nearly 500,000, sitting in the Salt River Valley and well known for their upscale

developments and homes catering to retiree winter residents as well as families at every stage of growth. All of this means

a large population of children. Taking this into account, Mesa has a well-deserved reputation for providing plenty of

community recreational spaces for residents of all ages, with a plethora of large playgrounds and totalling more than 2,200 acres

(900 hectares) of parkland. Edges of Mesa’s territory nestle up against the greater Phoenix area urban sprawl, but the South-

Eastern edge of Mesa is quite different. Beyond the 202 Loop ring road that surrounds most of the developed portion of Mesa is

a vast area of mostly empty desert scrub land.

In this area, DMB Inc. – crafting communities since 1984 - saw great opportunity in a five square mile (approximately 1,300

hectares) block of vacant land that is known to locals as ‘The Proving Grounds’. Previously the home of testing facilities and tracks

of auto makers, and surrounded on all sides by more desert, DMB’s vision goes beyond a simple housing development to the goal

of creating an entire ‘city within a city’. When fully developed, Eastmark will include schools, businesses, shops, and homes for all

variety of families. Starting with only the road for access, then a community centre & sales office, future residents were invited to

visit and purchase some of the first units.

In keeping with the greater vision, the developer also took a unique approach to the recreational space. Under the design

direction of Dan Cleland and Westwood PS, a 106-acre Great Park is envisioned running through the centre of the entire

development. The first phases of this Great Park were commissioned into construction immediately, and located beside the sales

centre to create a truly inviting community which greatly inspires home buyers to purchase their new family residence. To meet

DMB’s unique vision, though, not just any playground would do.

After a preliminary concept was reached for a custom climbing structure, Westwood Design contacted Dynamo Playgrounds

as the expert in unique custom net climbers. Dynamo had previously supplied the same City of Mesa with dynamic playground

projects including the Big Green custom climber, and a new record tallest pyramid net climber, measuring 15 metres in height

and holding 250 children at one time. Starting out with the goal of creating “The Orange Monster”, everyone’s efforts collectively

brought this creation to life. Dynamo provided information about the components, and expert advice as to safety regulations

as well as their extensive experience in successful play equipment design. Covering nearly 750 square metres, comprised of 161

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Photo: © Rob Lockhart, Dynamo Industries

Photo: © Rob Lockhart, Dynamo Industries

metres of giant 215 mm diameter pipes and over 1150 metres of rope, this climber is an undulating, curving, swooping adventure

that can accommodate 140 users .

The multi-event Ropes Course provides a free form variety of play experiences in a continuous circuit that is a stunning

centerpiece for a destination playground that will entice the local community and visitors alike. Constant changing angles in

the climbing surfaces make the experience always different for climbers, and the unusual design attracts all ages to explore its

mysteries. Adults are seen on the Orange Monster nearly as often as children. Twin spiral slides offer a super-fast alternative for

exiting the structure, and random play panels give places where children can hang out up high.

Designers did not stop with a giant custom climber. With a goal to create the incredible effect of a spaceship hovering in the

trees at night, The Orange Monster also lights up when the sun sets. Light housings were fabricated and attached directly to the

frame, and wiring conduits easily pass within the hollow frame. Safe low-voltage LED lights were chosen for what may be the

Orange Monster’s most incredible feature. These light fixtures are strategically placed around the structure, and as dusk settles

on to the park, with a desert sunset in the background, the play area takes on a special glow. Because of the very high ambient

temperatures during much of the year, this time at night with the lights is often families’ favourite time to visit the park and play.

A structure this large would be very costly to place under a manufactured shade structure, but park planners have arranged

for natural shade to grow in over time. Ulmus Parvifolia Emer were carefully selected as the surrounding trees. Their columnar

trunks will raise branches above the height of the climber, then their canopies will spread wide to offer cool shade for daytime fun

even during the height of the desert summer. With community events planned regularly in this Great Park, and an influx of future

residents coming, this Orange Monster is sure to be the beloved heart of a community for generations.

For more information, visit www.dynamoindustries.com.

Photo: © Luke Pierzina, Aerial Raiders and AerialRaiders.com

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Application Feature

American ash panelling.

Exterior of the GEM Convention Center.

American Ash brings warmth

to the new GEM Convention

Center in Ho Chi Minh City,


Designed by local

Vietnamese architects

a21studio, the newly

opened GEM Convention

Center is one of the largest

convention centres in the

Central Business District of

Ho Chi Minh City, located

in District 1. The centre has

two main ballrooms with a

seating capacity of 2,000.

The exhibition spaces offer

a capacity of 7,200 square A glimpse of American ash in the lobby.

metres of flexible function


“The new GEM Convention Center”, explained architect Mr Toan Nghiem from

‘a21studio’, “has been designed to be one of the most notable convention centres

in Vietnam”. Each ballroom has an American ash ceiling as the main interior element

with the first ballroom having 30mm x 120mm ash louvres and the second ballroom

with nine symmetrical ash patterns which form one big lantern. This intricate and

complex lattice work pattern showcases the visual quality of the American wood.

As guests enter the Convention Center they are also greeted with an unforgettable

lobby and a group of restaurants and coffee shops on the rooftop, reached by an

impressive open staircase. This is a particular innovation in Vietnam where only

American walnut and oak have featured in local interiors, whereas walnut, oak,

tulipwood and some ash have been used extensively for furniture.

Architects a21studio had never worked with American hardwood before;

however they were very pleased with the final result “as it met all the requirements

of the design with a very high quality finish,” said Mr Toan. The main staircase is

located in the entrance lobby, which is covered by white granite panels. ‘a21studio’

wanted to add warmth and colour to the space by using American ash on the

staircase which has been achieved. It also adds a contrast between the materials

of hard rock and wood and the material textures that are flashy and rough. The

staircase is the first attraction of the whole Convention Center as guests come in, so

it had to be eye catching which it certainly is. On the upper floor, ash is used as the

main material in the wall and ceiling panelling which gives the building a luxurious

and natural feeling.

GEM CENTRE from the web –

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venue is fitted with the latest

technology and state of the art

facilities to make your event

a memorable one. Offering

7,200 square metres of flexible

function space, GEM Center

is considered as the largest

premier venue for event in the

Central Business District of

Ho Chi Minh City. Designed to

accommodate art performance,

business and social occasions,

indoors and out, GEM Center is

yours to transform according

to your needs. In an effort to

provide guests a different and

memorable experience, we treat

every event with meticulous

attention. Whether it’s a colossal

conference attracting thousands,

corporate entertainment event

or art performance, the team of

planning, organising, decorative,

culinary expertise gives it our

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that your event is uniquely

different to one at any other

venue in the city. No matter what

your event, scale and scope, if

you can imagine it, we will find

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One of the vast ballrooms with American ash panels.

VIP lobby showcasing the ash ceiling.

Dramatic American ash staircase.

American Ash (Fraxinus spp) is a species of great variety and character in grain and colour as well as contrast and so

always provides designers with a degree of uniqueness. Ash trees grow throughout the eastern United States, from the

north in New York State to the southern States along the Gulf of Mexico, and everywhere in between. This sustainably

managed wood from natural forests of North America, with its excellent environmental credentials is a popular with

designers, architects, specialist users and consumers around the world. The trees grow high in the mountains and low

on the plains and coastal areas. With such a variation of growing sites and altitude, with different soils and climatic

influences, the result is a hardwood of great variety in colour, grain and strength. There are also various sub-species

that add to this variety. Its sawn timber has a very strong grain contrast between the softer summer growth and hard

winter growth rings, so the colour difference between the outer light-coloured sapwood and inner darker heartwood

is quite distinct. In the northern United States the sapwood tends to be less due to the shorter growing season, than

the south where the wood is more open grained. Being very hard, it is stable when dry and easy to finish and stain, it is

ideal for flooring. Ash is increasing popular in exports markets, especially in Asia. Globally exports of American Ash was

the number four species in the first half of 2014 amounting to 193,006 cubic metres in volume worth US$131 million –

an increase or 35 percent in value and 23 percent in volume. Vietnam imports marked a 12 percent increase in value.

As a large tropical and forested country, wood has traditionally played an important role in Vietnam architecture

for internal fittings such as joinery, doors and staircases – mainly from local wood. As the population of Vietnam grows,

tastes change and the modern economy develops, it is no surprise that architects and designers look to other types of

hardwood. It is not only a friendly material but also recyclable in different ways. It has been scientifically proven that

the carbon stored in the U.S. hardwood at point of delivery to manufacturers in Vietnam will almost certainly exceed all

carbon emissions during extraction, processing, and transport and as well as this American hardwoods is demonstrably

renewable in the forest.

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Application Feature

Pedestrian bridge, Moulins

railway station, France

Designed by Architects: B + M Architectures Paris, the

Moulins railway station in France uses high-performance

stainless steel wire mesh from Jakob AG.

Jakob Webnet, a high marine grade AISI 316 stainless steel wire mesh, for safety and as a design

element, is integrated in the pedestrian bridge which crosses the railway tracks that connect

Moulines with Yzeure. It also gives passengers direct access to the railway station’s platforms. The

striking bridge structure exemplifies a new possibility for directly traversing an entire train station facility.

Jakob Products

• Webnet rope Ø 1.5 mm

• Inner Webnet with a mesh aperture of 25 mm (400 linear metres) and outer Webnet with a mesh

aperture of 40 mm (320 linear metres).

• Both Webnet types were executed in free-form geometries.

For further information, visit www.jakob.com.

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NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore

Shaping Singapore’s Cityscape for the past 50 years

All photos courtesy of NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore

Singapore, once considered as a dull city, has

reinvented itself over the years becoming one of

Asia’s most modern and dynamic cities. Mixed with

a vast range of different cultures, food, and architecture

styles, the city has become far from anything ‘dull’.

Unmistakeably, one of the most apparent attractions of

Singapore is its breath-taking cityscape. Visually stunning,

what remains unseen to many is the contribution of NS

BlueScope Lysaght Singapore and its commitment towards

the country’s rapid growth and dynamic development.

NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore, established since

1965 under the umbrella of BlueScope Steel Limited

Australia, is one of the world’s most dynamic and largest

steel solution provider and roll former. For the past 50

years, the steel downstream company collaborated with

various developers and architects, providing them the

most suitable products and solutions in constructing

iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

National Library, One Raffles Quay, ITE College Simei

Campus, Pit Building at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and

many others.

Paired with world class architects, their drawing board ideas were realised through NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore’s

products and solutions. One such example was the company’s contribution to the Marina Bay Sands with the Structural Steel

Decking System, Lysaght® POWERDEK®.

Marina Bay Sands is one of the largest hotels in the world, housing two theatres, a casino, shops, restaurants and a SkyPark.

The SkyPark is a key attraction for visitors as it offered a 360 degree of Singapore’s skyline. The park is constructed over 200 metres

above ground and features a 64 metre cantilever observation deck, protruding out from its 55th storey of Tower 3.

Mastermind behind the design is Moshe Safdie, a world class architect who conceptualised Singaporean structures such as

the Jewel Changi Airport, Cairnhill Road Condominiums and the Bishan Residential Development. Originally requested by the

developer to construct a single tower, Safdie resisted the idea as he believed it could create an impression as if the structure is a

barrier, separating Singapore’s downtown from the seafront. As a solution, he introduced the 3 tower concept which we all can

appreciate today.

To translate the architecture from the drawing board to reality, Safdie also had to conceive a way to fit a swimming pool and

a resort on top of the 3 structures. In achieving this, Safdie came up with the amazing SkyPark concept. Due to its height from

ground and its complexity in its structural design, Lysaght® POWERDEK® steel structural deck became the natural choice for the

slab designs.

As the structural steel decking system is lightweight, making

it possible to be installed using minimum machinery and labour,

lessening work congestions as well. Lysaght’s POWERDEK® was also

able to span further and take on heavier imposed loadings thus

providing an ideal solution for the floor slab design in this project.

By the completion of Singapore’s iconic structure, NS BlueScope

Lysaght Singapore was not just able to meet Safdie’s challenging

architectural requirements, but was also able to construct the 1.2

hectare SkyPark in a cost and time efficient manner.

The key features and benefits of Lysaght® POWERDEK® includes:

• Prop-free formwork, providing a cleaner and less congested

work site; ideal for construction sites with space constraints.

• Time efficient construction period (as compared to the

conventional RC slab which takes a longer time to form and

harden before the next floor level can be constructed).

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• Fully tested by BlueScope Lysaght Technology Facility at Chester

Hill, Sydney, Australia. The structural steel decking solution

underwent vigorous testing and development; providing the

optimal performance when used as formwork and as longitudinal

reinforcement in one-way composite slabs.

• Its thinner slab assist to reduce load on existing columns and

foundations making it cost efficient as well. Lysaght® POWERDEK®

composite slab are fire-rated based on fire resistance tests

performed at Victoria University of Technology.

Apart from the iconic Marina Bay Sand, Lysaght® POWERDEK® is also

utilised in structures such as Changi Storage Hub, Saint James Power

Station, Raffles Junior College, One Raffles Quay and many others.

NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore

As the first marketing office of BlueScope Steel’s downstream operations

in Asia, NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore has played an integral part,

contributing to Singapore’s rapid growth towards its success and this

is set to continue for the years to come. As the premier supplier of

steel building components and systems, the company strives to meet

the most stringent and architecturally demanding structures without

compromising on strength, flexibility and aesthetic beauty. Lysaght

Singapore specialises in two product categories which include:

• Roofing and Walling

• Structural Decking Systems

In addition to the manufacturing and supply of the aforementioned,

NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore is the only rollformer in the country

which provides the following value added services with customised solutions:

• Engineering Design Services.

• Construction Services (for the supply and installation of Lysaght products and systems).

• Product Application and Specification Consultation.

All Lysaght Products are tested and developed at BlueScope Technology Centre in Chesterhill, Australia. This independent testing

facility is accredited internationally by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and the Commonwealth Scientific

and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia.

50 years of establishment marks an important milestone to Lysaght in Asia. While justifiably proud of its history, NS BlueScope

Lysaght keeps its focus on the future. With a commitment to research and development, initiatives in specialised fields and

technology, NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore continues to stay innovative and versatile, adapting well to the demands of the ever

evolving style and design needs of Singapore’s construction sector, offering more options which enables its customers to translate

their architectural designs from the drawing board to a tangible structure in the most efficient manner possible.

For more information, please contact NS BlueScope Lysaght Singapore Pte Ltd at tel (+65) 6264 1577 or visit the website


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Ezarri designs mosaic for Porto Montenegro

Ezarri, a renowned Spanish company specialising in high quality glass mosaic, recently

created specially designed mosaic for the project Porto Montenegro in Europe.

Ezarri is a leading company in the manufacture of

high quality glass mosaic. With more than 30 years of

experience, all of the products are manufactured at our

facilities in Spain.

Ezarri created the specially designed mosaic for the

project Porto Montenegro, in Europe, by directly following

the specifications of the London-based architect studio that

was in charge of the project. The result has been praised by

both Studio RHE and the owners of Porto Montenegro.

Decorated in black and white with specially designed

Ezarri mosaics, it features an eight-metre high bronze

square that literally frames the view. The resort is located in

the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, Europe, which is protected by

UNESCO, and only Ezarri could supply a mosaic befitting of

such a picture perfect pool.

The pool at Porto Montenegro is also the best place that

the resort has to offer for guests. The perfect spot to relax after sailing, the Lido Pool is 80-metre long infinity pool that rests

peacefully on the Adriatic Sea. Around the edge of the pool are all kinds of restaurants and bars, serving everything from dinner

to the best international cocktails.

The team of architects responsible for designing this exclusive pool is the London-based company Studio RHE. According

to the architects behind the design, “the pool is lined with an Ezarri mosaic in an ad hoc design and has as its centre an 8m high

square bronze sculpture which literally frames the views”.

Indeed, an elegant and cool effect is achieved through the pool design and by taking full advantage of Ezarri’s technology.

This makes the pool a unique feature within a luxurious and chic atmosphere, combining the strong presence of nature with

innovation in tourism of the highest calibre. A place which not only inspires relaxation but also satisfies the senses, where Ezarri

Mosaics has risen to the challenge of pleasing the most exacting guest.

Ezarri will be exhibiting at the Piscine Splash ASIA! 2015 show at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 20-21 May 2015. Visit

Ezarri at booth number A 09. For more information, contact Ezarri at tel (+34) 943 16 41 40, fax (+34) 943 88 40 66, e-mail

info@ezarri.com or visit www.ezarri.com.

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GILE 2015

9-12 June 2015

China Import and Export Fair Complex

Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou International Lighting

Exhibition celebrates 20 years

The theme for this year’s show is “Explore Lighting for Life” and among its many highlights, the LED

Asia zone will highlight LED technology integration into lighting applications.

From modest beginnings, the Guangzhou International

Lighting Exhibition (GILE) has evolved into Asia’s

preeminent lighting exhibition. Just 20 years earlier, the

fair premiered with a humble 96 Chinese exhibitors. The most

recent edition in 2014 was evidence of respectable growth over

the years as it hosted over 2,600 exhibitors from 25 countries and


To celebrate its progressive development, GILE is gearing

up for its 20th anniversary show to be held from 9-12 June 2015

at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. The

show will occupy 21 halls and span 225,000 square metres of

exhibition space.

This edition is symbolically represented by the slogan

“20th Onwards – Inspire & Be Inspired” which embodies the

fair’s ongoing commitment to stay at the forefront of the

global lighting industry. The fair will feature a complete range

of forums and product presentations to encourage exchange

of lighting designs and cutting-edge lighting technologies.

These informational sessions facilitate industry convergence

and networking for lighting businesses, making the Guangzhou

International Lighting Exhibition an ideal breeding ground to

inspire and be inspired by others.

The 2015 show theme “Explore Lighting for Life” will

showcase diversified intelligent lighting solutions aimed at

maximising user comfort and minimising environmental impact.

Moreover, complementary concurrent programmes will further

emphasise light quality, sustainable options, human-centric

lighting, wireless connectivity and much more.

The integration and application of LED technologies into

luminaire will be another key show focus in 2015. Accordingly,

the themed LED Asia zone

concept will be realised.

Ms Wong emphasised:

“As the exhibition organiser,

we always have on our finger

on the pulse of the industry.

At the moment, the LED

and lighting industries are

undergoing transitional

change and consolidation. To

facilitate this development,

we have established the LED Asia zone that will showcase an

array of LED technologies and solutions such as LED substrates,

chips, engines, modules, drivers, controls, inspection and

measurement equipment, encapsulation, sorting, thermal

management and packaging, and much more. Our aim is to

offer attendees a comprehensive view of LED technology, as

well as create dialogue among the LED and lighting companies

for future business collaboration.”

In terms of exhibitor participation, nearly 2,000 domestic and

international brands in lighting and LEDs confirmed to promote

the latest innovations at the 2015 edition. Some participating

world-renowned brands include: Alanold (Germany), Almeco

(Italy), ALPHA (the US), BJB (Germany), Dow Corning (the US),

Everlight (Taiwan), Opple (China), Panasonic (Japan) and Shin-etsu


Another event not to be missed is the concurrently held

Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology fair. Both fairs are

headed by the biennial Light + Building event, which is scheduled

to take place from 13-18 March 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

For more information on the shows, e-mail light@china.

messefrankfurt.com or visit www.light.messefrankfurt.com.cn.

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SHOWCASE Acoustics & Sound Insulation



StoSilent sets the new tone in acoustics.

Concert hall, office, restaurant, or museum – when it comes to acoustics,

the requirements are as individual as the rooms themselves. When room

acoustics are designed well, they increase people’s feeling of well-being,

lower noise, reduce interference, and leave room for soothing tones. Only

then is it possible to enjoy music with the perfect sound, to make a clear

phone call without disturbing your colleagues, or simply allow sensory

impressions to take effect without ambient noise.

“The earlier acoustics planners are brought in, the more cost-effective the installation can be, and even more importantly, the

easier it is to integrate the requirements of the building owner and architect,” said Horst Drotleff, Fraunhofer Institute for Building

Physics (IBP).

The StoSilent product assortment offers a comprehensive range of solutions for sound-absorbing products and systems. In

addition to the technical advantages, a key focus is placed on design aspects. High-quality top coats allow for an architectural design

with no visible functional limitations. “Only the right acoustics allow rooms to be used properly. Sto systems combine the right levels

of sound absorption and design standards with constructional flexibility,” added Horst Drotleff.

StoSilent Direct

The newly developed, seamless StoSilent Direct system is suitable for direct installation onto walls and ceilings. The sandwich panels

made of stone wool and expanded glass granulate rate highly thanks to their high level of sound absorption at a low installation

height. In addition to StoSilent Top and StoSilent Decor top coats, it is also possible to apply a colour coating. In combination with

the StoColor Climasan top coat, light activates a catalyst that neutralises organic odours and harmful substances.

StoSilent Modular

Even rooms that are already in use can have their acoustics quickly and easily improved with the StoSilent Modular ceiling element

range. The ceiling element system is particularly suitable for buildings with concrete core cooling, where a loss of cooling would occur

if an acoustic ceiling was installed across the full surface instead. The sound absorption varies depending on the surface, suspension

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height, and damping. Thanks to the flexible steel cable suspension and variation options available in terms of form and colour, the

ceiling elements also function as design elements.

StoSilent Distance

The StoSilent Distance panel system enables acoustically effective building elements to be combined with a flat, seamless surface.

The suspended ceiling and wall covering allows seamless surfaces of up to 200 square metres to be produced. Mains utilities are

concealed in the cavity. Thanks to the fine top coats, ambitious, high-quality surfaces can be realised, both in white and virtually any

colour shades, depending on the coating system.

StoSilent Compact

StoSilent Compact acoustic plaster systems provide an ideal solution for rooms where it is not possible to install suspended cladding.

StoSilent Compact Sil has a fine plaster structure; the system is particularly suitable for flat surfaces. For curved surfaces such as domes

or vaults, the multi-layer StoSilent Compact Miral spray plaster is an excellent option, as its rough, porous structure dampens noise

and reduces reverberation.

The four acoustic systems at a glance

StoSilent Distance – the seamless panel system.

- Value-enhancing solution

- The finest surfaces from the StoSilent programme

- Sustainable and eco-friendly coatings

StoSilent Direct – the simple direct system.

- High level of sound absorption

- The finest surfaces from the StoSilent programme

- Fresh air effect thanks to StoColor Climasan

StoSilent Compact – the flexible plaster system.

- Ideal for restricted installation heights

- Rough and fine plaster surfaces

- Broad colour spectrum

StoSilent Modular – the variable ceiling element.

- Excellent sound absorption

- The finest surface and colour design. Product assortment from

four different lines

- Standard formats and individual solutions

For more information, contact Sto SEA at tel (+65) 6453 3080, fax (+65) 6453 3543, e-mail info.sg@sto.com or

visit www.sto-sea.com.

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Landscaping & Outdoor Living



Croisette is one of the last collaborations between the designer Pascal Mourgue

and the Fermob brand. The designer Pascal Mourgue, who died on December 6,

2014, embodied the Fermob spirit. Of the 45 years he worked for major companies,

he worked for 20 years with the brand on a daily basis, taking an active part in its

creativity and innovation.

This lounge suite consists of a 2-seater sofa and an armchair. It will appeal to

those who enjoy the elegance and simplicity of shape and materials. Its weave calls

to mind traditional woven furniture of years gone by, with an aluminium tube and

a flat PVC wire that makes it resolutely contemporary.

Lightweight and unusually high for a lounge suite, it is very comfortable with

its extra wide seat. You’ll melt into this ultra-comfortable cocoon with its elegant

colours. Inside? Outside? It works well in all weathers! And goes with all styles,

vintage, classical, industrial or even very classical.

For more information, visit www.fermob.com.

Pascal Mourgue. Photo: © Fermob

Croisette. Photo: © Fermob




Thank You For

Your Support!


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Partition Walls & Ceilings




Wivast Decoration Material Co., Ltd is a leading

manufacturer of aluminum ceiling systems and

aluminum wall panels (indoor and outdoor).

Founded in 2001, the company has a large

number of high precision constant pressure rolling

equipment, large spraying automatic production

lines and advanced powder imported production

lines at its production plant in Dongbian

Automobile Parts Industrial Park, Xiaotang, Shishan

Town, Nanhai District, Foshan City, Guangdong

Province, China.

Since its founding, Wivast has been

committed to the quality of strict control, strict

implementation of 1809001: 2000 international

quality management system, and through

certification, to provide customers with high

quality, excellent cost-effective and competitive

products. The company has won a number of

awards such as the “the China Brand Name”, “quality

trustworthy product”, “excellent Chinese green products”, “China building materials construction recommend products” and so on.

After years of efforts to expand the market, the company’s products are sold throughout the country to large- and medium-sized

cities. Exports of product sales to Southeast Asian countries, from the initial production of 2010, have also increased to one million.

Over the years, Wivast has been involved in several key projects in China such as Beijing Xidan Saite Shopping Center, Beijing Haidian

Theater, Shanghai Gymnasium and Kunming Airport, etc.

For more information, visit http://en.fsyucheng.com.


Do you have news for us?

Email us at seab@tradelinkmedia.com.sg

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SHOWCASE Tiles & Natural Stones



This year Bisazza interprets spring by

proposing - for its interiors - fresh mosaic

patterns with innovative floral designs by

Tricia Guild, esteemed designer, creative

director and founder of Designers Guild,

a leading British company, internationally

renowned for their distinctive designs

for fabrics, wall coverings and a whole

collection of home accessories.

Charlottemberg One,

This working partnership launched Bisazza glass mosaic

a singular, highly expressive range of pattern, 10x10 mm tiles.

Design Tricia Guild.

decorative products, featuring an explosion Photo: © Bisazza

of shimmering, sophisticated patterns,

bringing a poetic, refined aesthetic to the collection.

Strewn with a wealth of opulently-sized flowers in delicate hues,

the ‘Alexandria’ pattern transforms a wall into an English garden in

full bloom. In this gorgeous mural made of six modules, the original,

hand-painted floral fabric motifs are reinterpreted in a contemporary

spirit. A cascade of flowers emerges from a background of shaded

greys; the whole rendered with such precision and delicacy as to

transform the pattern into a fresco.

Larger than life acanthus leaves are the sole motif in ‘Ardassa’,

creating an atmosphere of great effect, reminiscent of an exotic oasis

of sophisticated beauty. The pattern is available in two versions: one

in shades of ivory-white for a contemporary look and the other in

emerald green, for a more classic style.

‘Charlottenberg’ is also botanically-inspired. Here, a series of

eloquent peonies, interpreted in unique shades of blue and grey,

unfold against a white background. A production that reveals its

contemporary spirit in the bold dimensions and colour choices of

the designs, while maintaining its romantic appeal.

Above: Charlottemberg,

Bisazza glass mosaic

pattern, 10x10 mm tiles.

Design Tricia Guild.

Photo: © Bisazza

Left: Alexandria, Bisazza

glass mosaic pattern,

10x10 mm tiles. Design

Tricia Guild. Photo: ©


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In the ‘Charlottenberg One’

pattern, the same floral motif

is re-proposed as the single

decorative element against a solid

colour background, heralding a

new means of personalising one’s

interior spaces.

In addition to expressing

the unique and unparalleled

creativity that consistently

distinguishes the British designer,

the iconic patterns by Tricia Guild

- interpreted in mosaic - also

reveal the exquisite artistic and

qualitative values inherent to the

Bisazza collections.

“I am delighted that Bisazza

have chosen to translate some

of our iconic designs into their

stunning mosaic works of art.

Their inimitable expertise is

evident in their interpretation

of our patterns and they have

captured the hand painted

subtleties of the originals in a

Ardassa, Bisazza glass mosaic pattern, 20x20 mm tiles. Design Tricia Guild. Available in Emerald and

Ivory versions. Photo: © Bisazza

truly extraordinary way. I am excited and thrilled in equal measure by the results,” said Tricia Guild.

For more information, visit www.bisazza.com.



Amber Tiles, one of Australia’s leading tile suppliers,

has launched a stylish new range of natural stone tiles

and pavers, called Travertine, to bring a new element of

elegance and luxury to both residential and commercial

projects. With natural stone, each tile is fashioned by

nature, with a slightly distressed and unique look to give

it a timeless appeal. The range is extremely durable and

includes both Trojan Edge and Honed Travertine. The

tiles come in three different finishes – including Trojan

edge, Honed and filled and Honed and unfilled. The

Travertine tile is relatively low maintenance once sealed

and can be easily suited to both interior and exterior

architectural settings, opening up a range of interior

and exterior design possibilities.

Travertine’s design echoes the latest trends towards

organic and textured modern interiors. Seven warm,

earthy tones in a neutral palette, including Trojan Edge

Platinum, Mediterranean Blend, Ancient Mix, Classic,

Crema Grigio and Honed Finish in Sabbia and Classic,

recreate an atmosphere of ancient stone floors. Trojan Edge Travertine also offers a stylish French pattern range, presenting the

latest trend in stone design. The layout involves interlocking various sizes of tiles in a random pattern, and is available in a massive

900x600mm in addition to the standard sizes.

For those looking for an economical way to add value to their property by beginning or upgrading their alfresco lifestyle, the

Travertine range is also perfect for achieving a seamless flow of indoor to outdoor living.

Amber Tiles have been supplying tiles for 41 years with a great wealth of industry knowledge behind the company. Amber’s

range of indoor and outdoor wall and flooring tiles include bathroom tiles, natural stone floor tiles, porcelain floor and wall tiles,

clay and concrete pavers, stone and pool pavers, feature mosaics, cladding and more.

For more information, visit www.ambertiles.com.au.

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Mixed Category



SLIDEHIDE is a factory prefabricated 3-D steel casing that integrates with a self-supporting tracking system to hide or conceal a sliding

door inside the wall, thereby giving you an illusion that there isn’t any door. SLIDEHIDE is the perfect solution in overcoming a tight

space room layout design.

The patented 3-D casing is designed to replace a 100mm thick brickwall or a dry wall construction. Plastering, waterproofing

material and wall tiles (if any) covering the adjacent wall will also cover the casing. Electrical switches/cables and water pipes can be

fixed directly onto the casing surface and these fixtures can be embedded inside the finishes.

Designed and manufactured by a Singapore-based company since 1995, SLIDE & HIDE System (S) Pte Ltd is a leading manufacturer

of SLIDEHIDE, a concealed sliding door system.

Over the years, the brand SLIDEHIDE had become well accepted by the real estate industry as a top-quality concealed sliding

door system. SLIDEHIDE had been installed in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, Dubai, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.

SLIDE & HIDE System (S) Pte Ltd offers developers, architects and interior designers a wide range of SLIDEHIDE models to choose

from for both wet and dry wall construction method, thus, allowing SLIDEHIDE to be widely used in applications ranging from bathroom,

kitchen, walk-in wardrobe, lift lobby, etc.

With so many benefits and advantages, SLIDEHIDE offers a practical and affordable tight space solution for all residential, hotel

and commercial projects.

For more information, please contact the company at tel (+65) 6369 998, fax (+65) 6369 9977 or email enquiry@slidehide.

com.sg. You can also visit the website www.slidehide.com.sg.

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Superlon Worldwide Sdn Bhd has been manufacturing NBR insulation for more than 25 years and has distributed its product to over

70 countries around the world from its plant in Malaysia. Superlon insulation has two main types, sheet and tubes. Both products cater

from simple residential air conditioning systems to ducting lines in major projects. Superlon insulation can also be used in industrial

cooling systems where machines need to be cooled and maintained at certain temperature levels. Superlon insulation is not just

focused on thermal performance, it also emphasises on fire resistance and smoke. Superlon has achieved and acquired many standards

and approvals around the world, to ensure that wherever Superlon insulation is used both optimum thermal and fire performance is

provided simultaneously.

Conserving energy is becoming a trend where more and more people are conscious about not just saving electricity bills but also

preserving mother earth. Countries in Southeast Asia, which have a tropical climate all year long have a tendency to use air-conditioning

for the majority of the year. Not just day time but also night time, thus the energy that is consumed and needed is quite significant

compared to other parts of the world. Most users do not understand the importance of insulation in an air conditioning system. People

simply switch it on when it is needed and then switch it off without giving much thought on what function the insulation is actually

providing. “Insulation helps sustain to keep the desired temperature settings cool, it also preserves and prolongs the lifespan of the

other components in an air conditioning system. If insulation is used and installed incorrectly, it can have the reverse effect,” said Han

Liu, an executive director of Superlon Worldwide.

For more information, visit www.superlon.com.my.


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New on the Market



Pentair Swimming Pools Equipment &

Accessories has launched dramatic, energy

saving spa lights called IntelliBrite® in


PENTAIR IntelliBrite® 5g white, colour changing

and IntelliBrite® spa lights are the most energy

efficient ways to create incredibly beautiful

and brilliant light shows that will mesmerize

you and your guests and assure the purest

illumination of your pool.

5g White: Pure white lightning

The IntelliBrite® LED lights set new standards

for lighting quality, distribution and saturation.

With an equivalent light output equal to a

300, 400 and 500 watt incandescent light,

the IntelliBrite® 5g white LED enhances the

beauty of water features, residential and

commercial pools.

The IntelliBrite ® lights at night.

Colour: A virtually endless range of dramatic underwater lighting effects

A combination of individual coloured LEDs are mixed and matched to achieve a full spectrum of vibrant colours. These LED

combinations have a variety of speeds and different sequences of colour to create an incredible range of stunning visual effects.

Landscape: showcase your landscape with captivating colourchanging


The IntelliBrite® LED landscape lights are the energy-efficient way to

add a variety of coloured lighting effects to your backyard retreat. With

a selection of 10 fixed colours and 14 automated lights shows, from

mellow to bright and energetic to match the occasion or season of the

year, the IntelliBrite® LED landscape adds beauty, safety and security

to your property.

The IntelliBrite ® spa light

Easier to use with a controller

With the IntelliBrite® Controller you can now select your favourite light

show with the flip of a switch. You can also coordinate IntelliBrite® pool,

spa and landscape lights and create a dazzling, synchronized light show. To

coordinate or complement the lighting effects, you can also synchronize

the IntelliBrite® 5g LED pool and Spa lights with the landscape light,

MagicStream® Laminars and Colorcascade® LED light Bubblers.

The IntelliBrite ® Controller

The IntelliBrite ® LED

landscape light

Eco-Select Brand: longer lasting and more energy efficient

LED (Light Emitting Diode) pool and spa lights are the most energy efficient

pool and spa lighting option available. That’s why IntelliBrite® 5g white

LED lights are an Eco Select brand product. The Eco Select brand identifies

Pentair’s “greenest” and most efficient equipment choices. These products

save energy, conserve water, eliminate noise, or otherwise contribute to a more environmentally responsible equipment system.

The IntelliBrite® 5g is the brightest and most efficient underwater LED light available using 89 percent less energy than

traditional incandescent and halogen pool lights and only 23 watts for the same light output compared to 47 watts for traditional

lights. Durable, with a solid technology, the IntelliBrite® 5g, unlike many LED pool lights continues to work even if a single LED

goes out.

As a global leader in pool and spa equipment manufacturing, Pentair strives to provide greener choices for its customers. The

company hopes you will join them in embracing more eco-friendly poolscapes by choosing Eco Select branded products for your

swimming pool.

For more information, contact Pentair Water Quality Systems at tel (+65) 6768 5922, e-mail Sophie.Bedu@Pentair.com or

visit www.pentairpool.com.

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New on the Market



DORMA has claimed to become the first in the world to offer an automatic folding door with a maximum opening width of up

to 2.4 metres.

DORMA’s new generation of folding doors

in the form of the FFT FLEX Green offers a

truly great solution, especially in applications

where the architecture is restrictive, yet a

wide door opening is still desired. A passage

clearance of up to 2.4 metres can be achieved

where the solution is a synchronized biparting

doorset with two folding panel pairs

left and right. Similarly, unilateral-opening

doorsets create a clear opening width of

between 800 mm and 1.2 metres. The system

also comes with strong credentials in terms

of energy-efficient building and user safety.

The panels consist of aluminum frames with

thermal-break profiles and sealed insulation

glass units. The especially good thermal

transmittance values thus achieved mean

these doorsets are also suitable for use in

facades. And here DORMA provides planning support in the form of certified, individually computed U-values.

There is also a FFT FLEX Green model approved according to EN 16005 / DIN 18650 for emergency escape routes. Whatever the

model, the system is intrinsically safe in performing its normal daily operations: A round profile at the secondary closing edge of

the panels maintains contact across the gap to the lateral brush seals whatever the panel position, eliminating any crush hazard. A

certificate confirming the performance characteristics in accordance with EN 16361 for powered doors is also available. The motor

incorporated in this folding door system is designed for quiet yet especially dynamic operation and offers effective response to

increasing wind loads. There is a backup battery pack to keep the system working in the event of a power failure, with combination

sensors (motion detectors + infrared curtain) from the DORMA Pro Secure Opti Combi series rounding off the holistically integrated


The FFT FLEX Green can be face-fixed to the wall or side-fixed within passage ways and corridors. To ensure stumble-free

access whatever the fixing method employed, the slender stainless steel floor rail, included to add stability to particularly wide

panels, is recessed for concealment. With various anodized finishes and powder coatings in RAL colours, these doorsets will blend

beautifully with any interior design or facade.

For more information, contact Frank Ho of DORMA Far East Pte Ltd at tel (+65) 64151741, e-mail frank.ho@dorma.com or

visit www.dorma.com.sg.

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DORMA revolving doors – the thermal barrier

Smart revolving doors serve to separate internal and external

climates for enhanced energy efficiency. They help that all

that is unpleasant – extreme cold, sweltering heat, noise,

dirt and dust – is kept on the outside while occupants inside

enjoy the constant calm of a consistent temperature. The

low energy losses, reduced costs and elevated comfort and

convenience that ensue are also bound to please.


DORMA Far East Country Offices:

Singapore Tel: 65 6268 7633

Indonesia Tel: 62 21 293 0376-2

Korea Tel: 82 31 776 0051

Malaysia/Brunei Tel: 603 7665 1683

Philippines Tel: 632 893 4077-8

Taiwan Tel: 886 2 2709 6611

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